My piece for this exhibition is entitled, ‘Consider This.’ I wanted the piece to challenge viewers to consider accepting their emotions instead of running from them. To challenge the urge to numb. To be brave and feel it all. To show themselves love and kindness, even when they’re down. I wanted to spread the message that vulnerability is beautiful so, run towards it. And lastly I wanted to remind those who are suffering in any way, that they aren’t alone in the struggle.
‘Jawn 2, A Philly Thing‘, is a mural exhibition at PHL International Airport and I’m excited to announce my work is apart of it! It’s been installed and is on displayed at Terminals E-F! The other artists that I have the honor of exhibiting with are Nile Livingston, Kyle Confehr, Cultures Clothing, and Gloss Black.
My piece is entitled, ‘Speak Kindness.’ Acrylic on paper. 2019
“To the Polls was a mural exhibition that took place at 448 N. 10th Street in Philadelphia’s Spring Arts neighborhood from from September 26, 2018 through October 3, 2018. Organized and curated by Streets Dept’s Conrad Benner with support from Mural Arts Philadelphia, the exhibition worked with 10 Philly-based artists to create 10 temporary 8×8-foot murals to rally the Philadelphia community around civic participation through the act of voting,” (Streets Dept).
Blur ”AREN’T YOU TIRED In this current political wildfire, I believe that demanding to be heard is both rebellious and patriotic. I intended this piece to convey the urgency of action; the need for a fulcrum shift. I hope this inspires and moves whoever sees it to feel like I did after I was able to speak again—full of fire and direction,” (Blur.)
Photograph: Conrad Benner
Mural, 'Speak Your Truth'
This mural is entitled, ‘Speak Your Truth,’ and can be found on North Front Street and Jefferson in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Comissioned by The Common Room, an all female art gallery and workshop space.
Strawberry Mansion Mural
Mural on W Colona Street in Strawberry Mansion
Check out my blog posthere, where I talk more about it.
The Note To Self project is a large-scale collaborative portrait series; portraying people in front of their mirror looking at themselves and reading a note that’s hanging on the mirror. A note meant to remind themselves of a variety of different things. This project offers a peek into people’s lives, a side we don’t often let people see.
I started the Note To Self Project to share living Philadelphia citizen's stories. Providing them with uplifting and candid reminders based off of submission pieces they've sent. The submissions consist of a paragraph or two about themselves and a photograph for the portrait. I then read what they write, try to get a real sense of who they are, and write a note for them. We exchange emails back and forth, and they give me the okay on each step of the process - sharing our stories publicly can be hard, (I do it daily and it's still a challenge), and I make sure those who participate are comfortable with each step, and that what I wrote for them expresses their truth.
Need a reminder? Want to share your story?
Let's work together!
Email me a submission: 1-2 paragraph introduction of who you are and where you are in life right now, as well as a selfie for the portrait. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Final Friday Event at The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
At Philadelphia Museum of Art's September 2017's Final Friday event, entitled Word Up! I was chosen amongst a handful of other writers and visual artists to participate in the one night event of language and visual art combined. I created a hands on activity, 'Voice Your Story,' for participants of the event to stop and share their story through the very same medium as I do.