17 feet away
June 2 - July 1 2017
Through social media I discovered Ei Jane - a dope artist, sound creator, image maker, and human. She has shared publicly this ALIVE photo background and encouraged other black women to use it and post our presence online. This is such a beautiful, simple but powerful, and accessible reminder that We are still here. I am still here.
I've been so grateful over the past several months for the virtual community of support and love and encouragement that arose through social media in response to all of the publicized violence and aggression towards others who share my complexion. I'm not stretching the truth by any means when I say that there were days when the words and images others posted gave me strength to get out of bed and be hopeful. There are numerous people out there I follow that don't even know me, have never met me, or interacted with me at all, yet they have touched my life just by sharing words of encouragement at moments when encouragement was needed on a mass scale. For any other brown girls or boys out there who feel isolated in a rural community, or silenced in an academic institution, or undervalued in your position, or misunderstood by your peers, let's support each other in this virtual world. Reach out, search for reflections of yourself online if you can't find them in your immediate physical world. Share each others' words. Make yourself visible. Appreciate others who do the same. It can matter.
Once again, it has been a while since I've updated here.. But things have happened that are certainly worth mentioning. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Cey Adams in NYC in a very serendipitous fashion, and just participated in his summer show at Jane Lombard Gallery in Chelsea.
It opened on June 29 and will be up until August 12! There are some wonderful artists involved, and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to show with them in this beautiful space.
Plus.. my parents came!
Also, Last week (6/11 - 6/17) I got to collaborate for the first time with Richelle Soper at a new space in Greensboro, NC. It was a week long pop up residency at Greensboro Project Space, where we created new work in the space, set up the show on Saturday, and dismantled everything on Sunday evening. That week was a whirlwind but definitely worth it. It sparked so many ideas for future projects. More collaborations to come ************
"The important thing about humor is that it opens people. They relax their guard and you can get your serious intentions across. If I were as didactic in my work as I really am, I would bore people to death. But, because I can put my message in a colorful, engaging form, my message isn't heavy."
- Claes Oldenburg