As a creative, I create to capture the scope of my vivid imagination and the conceptualization of the black woman's creative identity and contribution within society. I want my works to bring to life these women and give voice to their humanity and the silent and invisible nature imposed upon their existence throughout culture. Further, the multi-dimensional and multi media portraits I create provide the elements for a different discourse within the black female subjectivity.
Incorporating a distinct set of cultural references, symbols and iconography to express the collective shared experiences of black womenhood, I create new constructs to challenge the conventional and sterotypical notions of our idenity to reveal the veil of mystifying mystique and powerfulness that is silenced and discounted. In my collages, I visualize the narratives of black women. These stories then allow me to release and give birth my many visions and versions black womaness whose stories provide compelling narratives that underscores their individual and unique complexities.
My passion for collage developed out of a need and place for healing. It was a way to connect with my own inner intuition while seeking strength and resilience to overcome depression. In my discovery, I found a sort of meditation in the blind appropriation, the wild flipping through pages, collecting the delicate fragments of ideas, pasting them together. A wilderness of pieces of things said and expressed again. Collage is my way to document and navigate such a wilderness among the womanhood, motherhood and sisterhood intersect.
2011- B.A, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Visual Arts: Concentration Photography, Extended English Minor: Creative Writing
2006-Corcoran College of art and Design, Photojournalism
2005-Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, Visual Arts, 2005
2016- Impact Hub Baltimore, Peice by Peace, Baltimore MD
2013- David Mikow art gallery, The Beautiful Wilderness, Catonsville, MD
Group and Juried Exhibitions
2016 - Area 405 Gallery,Women's Maker Collective:XXChange Exhibtion, Baltimore, MD
2016 Hallway Gallery, Post-script: UMBC Visual Arts Photography Alumni Exhibition,Baltimore,MD
2016DoveCote Cafe, Makers in the Window, Baltimore, MD
2016 Eubie Blake Center, Art of War, Baltimore MD
2016 The Women's Exchange, Sunsets Baltimore, MD
2015-The La Bodega Gallery, The Divine Feminine, Baltimore, MD
2014- Downtown Cultural Center, Unsung, a Salute to Baltimore artist, Baltimore, MD
2013- Mt. Rainier Artist Loft Gallery, The Art of Justice Exhibition, Mt. Rainier, MD
2012- Land of Kush Gallery, Land of Kush Cafe’, Baltimore, MD
2010-Center for Art and Design and Visual Culture, Senior Exhibition, Baltimore, MD
2009-White Wall Gallery Space, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Away With Melancholy, Baltimore, MD
2008-White Wall Gallery Space, University of Maryland Baltimore County, The Big Three Show Baltimore, MD
2008- Alford. C Laura. Visual Arts Dept. Student Work Photography. University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore MD.
2005- MAEF Show, Howard County Dept. of Education Gallery, Ellicot City, MD
August 2013- Mt. Rainier Artist Loft Gallery, featured artist & Creative Expression Instructor for The Art of Justice art exhibtion.
August 2012- UYIP afterschool program for inner city youth, Creative Expression Instructor.
June 2011- Math and Science Upward Bound Summer Program, photojournalism instructor (3 months), creative writing instructor.
2005- The Ellis Scholarship for Photojournalism, Corcoran College of Art and
Design, Washington DC
2005- Arts Recognition and Talent Search, Honorable Mention
2003- NAACP ACT-SO, National Gold Medal, Photography