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2-D Works & Collages

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Cabinet Portrait Series 

Mixed media collage portraits with powdered pigment, pastel, graphite inspired from the exhibition Acting Out Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Cabinet Cards Series

Mixed media collage works with found cabinet cards.

The cabinet card was an early and widely used form of portrait photography. First introduced in the 1860’s, dominating portrait photography for over 30 years. Consisting of a thin photograph mounted on cards, this early form of portraiture documented cultural transitions of the 19th century including the shift to modernity and developing/performing personal, national, and racial identities. 

 

In this series, the cabinet card is utilized as a source material and framework, serving both as a metaphorical and physical ground in the construction of collages and drawings. The collage elements are taken from a 1977 Ebony Magazine, mixing and indexing hybrid intentional identities transcending and shifting through time and popular material culture. The drawing incorporates both additive and subtractive processes, creating compositional/narrative tensions and interventions. 

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Belle Jet Series 

Mixed media collage portraits with powdered pigment, pastel, graphite, and spray paint.

The Belle Jet Series continues the investigation of identity by integrating images of myself with my grandmother, great grandmother, and other relatives dating back to the early 1900’s and historical stereographic images of Native and Black American women from the Turn of the Century. The stereograph, being a popular medium for disseminating images of Americans during the Turn of the Century, was also instrumental in helping create visual representations of American life and inform American identity- investigating both shifts in time, ideaology, and representation- capturing the nuances of identity development, conceptualization, and intersectionality with social political frameworks across generations.
 
As the series evolves, references begin to shift between both photographic images from the turn of the century to popular culture printed images, such as JET Magazine’s “Beauties of the Week”- investing both shifts in time, idea ology, and representation- capturing the nuances of identity development, conceptualization, and intersectionality with social political frameworks across generations. The incorporation of JET Magazine’s “Beauties of the Week” also speak specifically to the formation of African American representation of the ideal African American woman, who’s image and text serve almost as an instructional guide within printed media from 1950’s thru 1990’s. The merging of multigenerational representations through photography and printed media expose the nuances of inherited ideals and beliefs about and how we construct self.

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Belle Series

Digital collage found, family, and self portraits on canvas.

The Belle Series continues the investigation of identity by integrating images of myself with my grandmother, great grandmother, and other relatives dating back to the early 1900’s and historical stereographic images of Native and Black American women from the Turn of the Century. The stereograph, being a popular medium for disseminating images of Americans during the Turn of the Century, was also instrumental in helping create visual representations of American life and inform American identity- investigating both shifts in time, ideaology, and representation- capturing the nuances of identity development, conceptualization, and intersectionality with social political frameworks across generations.