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I am an inter-disciplinary artist investigating Eurocentrism in the history of racism, patriarchy, and capitalism. I deconstruct nationalist narratives by revisiting my childhood of indoctrination in a religious cult and my naive exploration of American culture after my escape as a young adult.
In my photography, printmaking, and internet works, I invert the significance of Classicism used as expression of white superiority and economic dominance, using it instead as a way to de-center whiteness. My aesthetic draws on my childhood surrounded by Eurocentrism in sculpture, architecture, and religious illustrations that romanticized suffering against a backdrop of nature and antiquity. I also built upon my early exposure to the religious art of the Renaissance, expanding to Thomas Cole's landscapes, d'Hondecoeter’s birds, and Hubert Robert's use of ruins as social commentary.
My exploration is deeply influenced by my historical research on place names in Maryland, and by writers like Edward Baptist, Craig Stephen Wilder, Ibram X. Kendi, and Ta-Nehisi Coates who examine the history of race and class in America.