University of Illinois Chicago, 2014, Masters
My work stems from my cultural heritage, born in Canada to my French mother and Cape Verdean father and now currently residing in the United States. I often draw from my family, peers, and colleagues as well as from my experiences and surroundings for material. I use myself as a lens to explore the intimate, albeit often complex set of relationships people share. I am interested in the overlooked threads that knot together the extremely personal yet often universal human experience. I create work that depicts and exposes the complexity of relationships between person, place, time, space, location, ideals, politics, and identity within art; where personal practice, public display, self imaging, and perception of others blurs the reality and conception of being a studio artist.
The work is often generated from the evidence of other's presence or lack of it, both extremes expressed, the collaborative as well as the historically idealized isolating practice of a studio artist. A way to visualize and catalog new gained experiences, dialogues, anecdotes, nostalgia, conversations, relationships, contexts, and life.
Everything is recorded and played back, photographed, written about, conserved, made “relic” or a “document of performance”, mashed together and deconstructed. This process will continuously unravels within my studio practice. The writing photographed, photographs explained by someone else in a video, video playing while the space is entertaining visitors, visitors conversations being audio recorded, and then their words drawn, their leftovers mapped and diagrammed. Information and experience constantly flow through bodies while being represented with endless amounts of mediation until the end, where I compile all of the work and compose an archive of the materials collected, mediated/curated by myself-the final body in which to pass. In some way, my work examines our interest in collecting, nostalgia, memorabilia, retelling stories, and documenting every moment of our lives that is ever so present today. I am interested in the absurdity of attempting a meticulous index as a way to expose the unquantifiable human experience, playfulness and sincerity in the studio, the result of cultural and community mixing and absorption, our effects and influence on each other as diverse individuals, and the overall complexity of living within an increasingly shifting world and how one orientates/situates/defines themselves. Our identities are constantly shifting, being defined by ourselves, our locations in space and time, and those around us. As artists, we are asked to mirror our community but we ourselves are not mirrors, we influence and change the reflection.