280 S. Columbus Dr., Room 319
I am a painter, poet, dancer, curator, and educator from the South Side of Chicago. In my art and collaborations across platforms, one medium inspires another, forging connections across traditional boundaries through rhythm, the metaphor and synchronicity. I use rhythm to curate my multi-discipline performances and creative arts events. I work for Illinois Humanities Envisioning Justice as a teaching Artist, gear toward creating programming that is responsive to the school to prison pipeline and the youth's experience with violence. Growing up on the South Side, I excelled in a historic style of dancing known as Chicago footwork, a local tradition rooted in the history of house music and My Grandmother gifted me with poetry at a young age. Over time, my love of dancing mixed with my love of painting, and I began to use dance in my paintings as a symbol for movement, action, and change. Narrating with my spoken word poetry in gallery shows, murals, and diverse events over the last several years, I have exhibited painted portraits of local dancers battling and overcoming historic and contemporary struggles.
Currently I am a Resident Artist at the South Side Community Art Center, Curator and the Production Assistant at Luxe B Studio producing weekly events and developing a multifaceted arts Internship program, A Links Hall Co-Missioned Artist and am in my final year of Graduate School at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Master of Fine Arts Painting and Drawing.
Mix Media Rhythm works from first year grad SAIC, large, Record, Cds, cassette tapes, clocks, and oil paint, 2019