Artist Statement

I see my art practice as an investigative tool, as a way to engage in dialogue, a platform for thinking and a means to develop knowledge. My work has evolved from figurative and symbolic explorations in painting to a variety of modes that include drawing, video, performance, installation and public intervention projects. Therefore, the emphasis of my work does not lie in the medium, but in creating a space to explore social contexts and collective narratives. History, film, soap-operas, fairy-tales and mythology all inform my work in that they are both narrative modes that I use as well as sites of investigation. I look for the narratives inscribed in various objects and places and find ways to add to them and at times subvert them. Because I live in the Virgin Islands, a place that has changed colonial hands seven times, the longest being Denmark and the last being the United States, I am particularly interested in the colonial and neocolonial narrative and how it shapes identity, memory and reality. (return to website)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Residency: Danish Arts Workshop

I am currently at a residency at the Danish Arts Workshop. It is the most well resourced art space I have ever been to or even heard of.  It encompasses a metal workshop, wood working shop, photo darkroom, graphic design facility, library, 3-d printing studio, printmaking studio, textile studio and almost 2 dozen artist studios of various sizes but many to do large scale projects.. Oh, and it's free. Paid for by the Danish government. International artists can apply if they have a project in Denmark, and housing is provided. I'm here because I have been invited by curators Louise Lassen Iverson and Rie Hovmann Rasmussen for a solo exhibit in their new art space "meter", slated to open later this year. My show will be in March-May 2017. I'm currently in Denmark from July 25-August 16, 2016 and I have jumped into intense studio work. I am working on my "cuts and burns" series and realized I can actually make a project that I have had in my sketchbook for over a year due to the equipment and technical support that is here. It's related to the "cuts and burns" series I have been working on in that it references the fretwork designs in historic towns on St. Croix.






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