AN ARTISTIC STATEMENT- About my Visual Art...
I find it valuable to counterbalance the pragmatic drawing that is traditionally taught in western art schools, with traditional techniques taught in Asia, particularly China and Japan, that are possibly influences found within Africa. Symbolism is very important throughout my artwork, especially ancient and traditional ones found within African and Native American cultures.
My passion is also in experimenting with color and watching the movement of contemporary materials, like acrylic polymer medium. As a former dancer/choreographer, to dance with pigments also continues my love for inter-connecting music with dance and visualizations. Each artwork, whether visual, movement, or sound, seems to unfold “organically” with minimal intrusion by my western training and ideas. The subject often does not appear until much later during the process of making, mixing, reflecting and journaling. Then, I may become conscious of many connections with legacies from many diverse interpretations of Aesthetics.
I like people in my work, whether identifiable or merely gestures. Reflecting my own cultural nuances as an African American, also adds another level of communicating with folks who know what I am “saying” because they have “been there” for generations. My family has always “made things”, whether for profit, or simply as familial exchanges. Growing up with memories of life within a four-generation household has been one of the greatest inheritances I could have ever received. It provided me with a sense of assurance that enables me to extend warmth to those who may or may not be able to relate culturally, but can relate as human beings. My work is to make the unfamiliar more than merely tolerated, but celebrated!
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AN ARTISTIC STATEMENT - About my Music Projects...
I make things. Sometimes with tactile materials. Sometimes, through sound and my voice. My two music projects were both created before Covid-19 became our global public change agent, but each song certainly addressed some of the emotions of HOPE and RELAXATION that is still much needed, today.
Both, also taught me the value of "live" versus" virtual" performances. I love both ways of reaching people, but now am totally interested in advancing quality Virtual experiences that broaden the viewers experience of Art. Like many, I spent the past three years thoroughly focused on producing visual art that could speak to our current conditions with hope and healing, globally. I valued the time I traveled earlier, and now have time to really focus on what was important, and what I could use within my art that would inspire and comfort people. My creative expressions with virtual audiences has become my primary focus within my teaching and making (see OctaGhana School page). But.the resistance to virtual learning and community-building has taken me totally by surprise because I am convinced the benefits are tremendous. Now, I can concentrate on learning new equipment, software, and hopefully transforming trauma into treasured time with others online. My music reflects breaking barriers and building bridges.
Changing attitudes continue to be a challenge because of the resistance by some to learning new ways to SEE and HEAR others. And, the attitudes that stereotype people, especially biases towards Senior Citizens (I consider us VINT-AGED), has opened a entire new level of expression within my artwork and ways of teaching and making.