The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.
I employ the Black body in paintings to show power and resilience through the denial of the Colonial gaze. I redefine the gaze for the subjects I paint, allowing them to look directly out in an unflinching stare. The historical references within my work draw parallels to the social, economic and racial occurrences of today.
I use people close to me as models to represent the many facets of humanity and particular issues that directly affect me and my community. Particularly, the unjust killing of black men and women by law enforcement. I tackle the stigma of stereotypes often assigned to Blacks. For example, the "angry Black man” or “angry Black woman”. I paint figures that exist as multi-dimensional, unapologetically flawed human beings with the range of feelings they are liberated to have.