Focusing on the combination of abstraction and representation, the work allows me to evoke an emotional and psychological experience. To express my form of art language, I push beyond pure replication of photographic images. I deviate from the physical image by combining my imagination and memory.
This helps me express my black identity, specifically in dealing with Blackness through specific materials, allowing the work to be closer to my own reality and experiences.
Charcoal is a medium that helps reinforce this. It expresses a smokiness and blurriness that communicates my emotions. Applying thick acrylic layers with palette knives and brushstrokes creates a physicality of damaged and moulded texture.
I believe the process of combining both materials evokes a sense of beauty out of the rough expression.
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