As I create my mixed media work, I am irresistibly drawn to incorporate symbols, patterns, textures and colors found in African and Native American cultures, which are my heritage. My art-to-wear and wall pieces often feature original, hand cut stamps; gelatin prints; painted papers; and polymer clay. Natural elements of bamboo, wood, feathers, shells, and bone beads imbue my wall hangings with strong tribal connections.
I often work in a series, visually exploring the cultural significance of decoration and symbology. Influences include the Ndebele painted houses of South Africa; Korhogo cloth patterns from the Ivory Coast; Ghanaian gold weights; Bogolan mud cloth from Mali; and patterns used in Ethiopian body painting. My goal is to interpret these visual elements so they will resonate with the viewer as objects at once unusual and familiar; evoking ancestral and contemporary design; and speaking across cultures to the deep well of the universal.
The work I create is a fusion of art, spirit and culture, appropriate for use in many settings.