Statement My artwork is informed by race, a critique of the establishment, and the purpose of pottery in a community. I examine the social and political hardships that have affected African American and Caribbean cultural history. Using the vessel's communicative role in society, I approach underlying prejudices that affect representation in the arts. Before print was available, pottery became a source for presenting iconographic figures. Fantastical narratives or noteworthy instructions were recorded on Pottery in ancient Greece, Rome, and indigenous Africa. I want to give value to the mark of the maker’s communicative efforts.
I make assorted groupings of emotive and gestural vases that invoke the figure. Their arrangement is analogous to the power of assembly. Layering textured surfaces with mark making, I create a rhythm of gestures across the thrown and hand built parts. Small handles attached to the vases serve to interrupt its form, and suggest function as well as a figurative reference. Colored and burnished terra sigillata, a type of slip, evoke the mark of the maker. My vessels are meant to conjure the history of servitude in African American and Caribbean culture. I critique the Eurocentric view of the world as it relates to visual arts with discussions of identity and acceptance.