Revisiting my childhood captivity in a religious cult and my escape as a young adult, I re-frame the established American narrative in the context of slavery. Combining my medium of contemporary printmaking with an ongoing series of interactive online content and spoken word performance, I explore themes of material culture and social constructs that mask the pervasive and insidious nature of patriarchy, corporatocracy, white privilege, and institutional racism.
My journey could be compared to a process of becoming bi-lingual: translating in real time the visual language of a world encoded in whitewash back into the language of truth that lies beneath.
I live at the iron forges where people were enslaved, just across the river from people enslaved on a tobacco plantation. In the morning I drive to my office where the enslaved once labored on the Canton Plantation. As I spend more and more time communing with these artifacts, they give up more and more of their secrets, like the iron pieces I find around the crumbling puddling furnace on the Gunpowder. Every detail is a new nuance we have now learned to interpret.
In my work as an artist I have progressed from an exploration of nature to an understanding of anthropology as our part of natural history, in which knowing the ground on which we walk means knowing what remnants of our human past lie under the forest canopy, knowing what the fields, oceans and rivers remember. I have discovered the lives of enslaved people and that this is sacred ground.