Art is awareness, complexity, and enlightenment. As an artist, I believe it’s my job to arrange these things to tell a story. I believe it’s a responsibility to dissect the things we want to understand and uncover what many have tried to ignore.
The role of the artist today has shifted in the last three months. I have personally become more reflective, and with the trauma of no longer being able to interact with people the way we’re used to, pre-COVID-19, it’s about reorganizing and adapting. Artists have made efforts in staying connected with the community, the world, and giving voice to the marginalized. And now, with the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, it’s about staying in the fight. We have been affected by a virus we cannot see at this current moment but have ignored the underlying conditions of this country for far too long. And the artist has the opportunity to help bring it to light. As a Black woman artist, I choose my artistic practice to share my story, and the stories that have shaped my life and home, and how those stories matter.