In 2020 my artist residency with NOW Friends in Nairobi Kenya was cancelled due to Covid.
I had spent 6 months preparing for this residency, learning Swahili, researching local artists, textiles, and beading techniques.
When I learned that travel would not be possible, I decided to use the time I would have been in Kenya to clean, drill and string thousands of bottle caps into larger-than-life strings of pearls and drape these necklaces on vintage ladders.
After not being able to travel to Masai Mura with NOW Friends in Nairobi Kenya for an artist residency due to Covid, I embraced a homeschool virtual residency approach via Pinterest and Facebook Messenger.
What happened next, pushed my artwork in a new direction…
Can I please take a moment to geek out for a second?
Just feast your eyes upon my ponytails, the beautiful grace of dancer, Aanyse Pettiford-Chandle and Megan Maloy’s stunning Photography.
Wow, just wow…
People Place Disruption premieres on April 28th as a virtual event with dance film and discussion as part of Nimbus Dance’s Spring 2021 season: A collaborative work which draws together dancers and choreographers of Nimbus Dance with Jersey City visual artists to reflect back and process the exceptional confluence of social, environmental, health, and economic upheaval that our community, and the world face at present. The project aims to affirm and empower artists and collaborative action, exploring underlying webs between people, place and the disruptive times we live in. .