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Artist Statement

I identify as an interdisciplinary writer and poet. 

My practice explores the human journey of learning to live as a mind inside of a body and how we are all on our own paths of figuring out how to navigate this mind boggling thing called life.

In my interactive performances, I like to take this idea that writing is a lonely process and flip it on its head, putting my words in the mouths of others by prompting the audience and the public to read aloud my poetry and writing. It creates this real life representation of putting people in my shoes and walking in them as if they’re their own. 

In my writing, I draw a lot on the relationship between the body and mind, and how that relationship is impacted when brought up against outside forces, whether that be familial relationships, mental health issues, dating in the twenty-first century, and political issues and identities. As someone who doesn’t always feel at home in their body because of depression, anxiety, ADHD, and being a black queer woman in America, I have this oftentimes overlooked perspective of what living in a body can look like. I imbed these themes in my fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 

When I’m not writing or doing performances, I’m letting my inner child play with the different forms and mediums I choose to display my work. As a writer at an art school, I’ve been allowed to explore this idea of words being more than just text and am able to play around with how I want my writing and poetry represented, whether through installation pieces, collaborative webcomics, podcasts, spoken word visuals or mixed media prints.

I consider my Instagram feed an extension of my practice because of the time and energy it takes to curate it's aesthetic. It's all about showing the beauty of blackness, black women in particular. 

As creators of writergram do, there are different background themes and each theme is represented by a prominent black woman or femme presenting person. Growing up, I didn't see a lot of black women being celebrated — I saw boxes and restrictions placed on them and in turn, myself. I used to hate myself and saw myself as ugly because no one was saying otherwise.

 

Now, the newest generation is growing up in a time where there's so much importance placed on diversity. There's black woman with braids, black women with short hair, black women with no hair, black women with locs, skinny black women, and fat black women; there's so much more out there than before and I want to use my platform to honor and celebrate that. 

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