Painting through the lens of an imperfect world affords me the ability to oscillate between the experiencer’s and observer’s perspectives of various experiences. It also involves direct dialogue and exchange with those that inform and inspire my pieces.
I experimented with abstraction for a while, and quickly evolved to creating through the lens of conceptualism because I needed a discipline that would be in line with my artistic vision. A vision where my work continues to evolve to address issues of identity, gender inequality, and cultural contradictions in Haiti and the United States through wood, metal, canvas, often responding to current political, cultural and social discourses. I typically use a multi-layered process along with mixed media to capture the complexity of these substantive topics that remain points of contention throughout communities nationwide and beyond.
This year has been the most creative and productive period of my career. I have completed two series that examine the dissociative attitude of white Americans toward slavery, a critical and significant chapter in this country’s history, and the plight of the 44% of LGBTQ young black men and women who are homeless and shunned by their families and communities because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. These paintings along with some of the current artworks from the ongoing Crik? Crak! series have been selected for the exhibition “New Industry: Contemporary Visions of the Industrial” which is currently on view at the Frank C. Ortiz Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
As a visual artist, I use my agency to chronicle cultural, social, and political discourses at a time when dissemination of the news has become all the more polarized. Thus my artwork provides this personal space where individuals can be engaged through an unfiltered world where they are compelled to pause and deeply reflect on the subject matter during the viewing and beyond.