I am an East African sculptor and writer based on the traditional land of the Lenape People in New York. My creative work weaves together many influences and processes, all with the intention of connecting to a larger flow. I collaborate with folks who support that flow and are actively committed to minimizing harm in the art world and environments at large.
A portion of book sales donated to LGBTIA+ programming for budding writers to speak their truth
Plastic-free, curbside recyclable packaging
Self-published book acquired by alma mater the Maryland Institute College of Art.
A portion of books sales on July 4th donated to the American Indian Community House, serving the health, social and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City.
For more information about my work and an in-depth look at my portfolio, my first monograph, Point of Origin: A Monographic Memoir, is available for purchase here and is available at the following libraries:
Carnegie Mellon University
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Free Black Women's Library
The Library of Congress
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
New York Public Library
The New School
School of Visual Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SUNY New Paltz
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Walker Art Center
Every project encompasses decision-making and is an opportunity to create more positivity or more harm. We all have countless opportunities each day to create more good in the world. I’m looking to team up with people who are of the same mindset and make choices for good on a day-to-day level.
An example where I have put that type of choice in action in my own creative work is prioritizing hiring people who have been historically marginalized. Another example is minimizing travel, shipping, and short-term exhibitions in order to reduce the carbon footprint of my studio practice.
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