acrylic paint on Lenox 100 paper
7′ x 4.5′ x 1′
My installations connect identity, history, and topography using the landscape of Central Virginia, where I was born and raised. Located 100 miles west of Washington, DC, the Piedmont region of Virginia combines expansive natural beauty with a turbulent history that includes centuries of chattel slavery, brutal Civil War battles, and the ongoing impact of racism and white supremacy today.
I build room-size installations composed of large-scale linear drawings and carefully-incised sculptural forms that are installed on the walls and floor of a space. I use acrylic paints and acrylic inks on large rolls of paper. The nonrepresentational drawings and the cut sculptural forms underscore the expressiveness that abstraction brings to the subject of the work. The combined drawings and sculptural forms reference topographical maps and abstract figurative forms meant to communicate particular themes.