Roots, Journeys, Diaspora and Refuge
Origins, ancestry, and diaspora are central to my decade-long body of work. Not only do the pieces here tie in directly (and literally) to my own journeys – but the background narrative in all my recent work deals with the origins and journey(s) of ancestors. This artwork explores a darker side, i.e. genocide, forced migration, and related socio-political horrors through a digital lens. However, it seeks to seduce the viewer with color, pattern, and materials, only to then offer up this painful subtext. My concern in this work is making that connection between genocide, colonization (Africa and beyond), and displacement, thereby compelling us to consider our own role in providing refuge.