I have three solo shows in 2023 focused on this theme.
Despite the growing commitment to racial equity, the day-to-day experiences of women of color are not improving. Women of color face similar types and frequencies of microaggressions as they did two years ago – and they remain far more likely than white women to face disrespectful and “othering” behavior.
The weight of these triggers underpins very real consequences… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility. These triggers come with a hefty toll of emotional baggage.
Extensions of rope, wrapped, knotted, woven, and embellished with recycled textiles, zip ties, ribbon and yarn, gingerly invite the audience into off the-wall conversations about the “respectability politics” of black hair. My Emotional Baggage Carts are vessels for this racial trauma. The act of making, weaves the sting of daily microaggressions into the cart, freeing me from these constraints.
Exhibition Dates: March 25-May 28, 2023
Location: Schweinfurth Art Center; 205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY 13021
Exhibition Dates: April 22, 2023- July 17, 2023
Location: Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Avenue, Seattle WA
Exhibition Dates: July 1, 2023- September 17, 2023
Location: The Lab at Krasl Art Center. 707 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI