Artist Statement

"Creating art is like raising a child.  Seldom does it take the path you've invisioned to meet the expectations you've imposed upon it.  Still, you find a way to love it." - STARO

 

Since I first began working in the collage medium, I have come to view it as a metaphor for life: parts of diverse elements come together to create a larger whole.

My work deals with spirituality, relationships and intimacy,  historical perspective, social justice and personal remembrance.

As an African-American woman and a christian, I feel a sense of responsibility to create images that celebrate my heritage and my faith, while being candid about the individual and collective challenges and joys that shape everyday life.

Naturally curious, I am driven to experiment with thought, ideas and beliefs. I don’t believe there is such thing as a ‘new’ idea, there are, however, an infinitesimal number of possible interpretations of what has always been.

Color serves as a of language through which I convey emotion, mood and state of being. The intricacy of the methods employed foster an intimacy with the work which I aim to pass on to the viewer by inviting them to engage with the work visually and intellectually.

I embrace a simple philosophy about art: it need not always make a statement. However, it should always inspire thought and spark a degree of curiosity. This philosophy allows me to indulge my imagination and allow a large measure of experimentation to find its way into everything I create.