Artist I Writer I Curator I Priestess
"It's an intelligence and a fire we learn to dance in."
When people ask what you “do,” how do you respond?
I hate that question. So I won’t answer it. However, I will answer what my joy is. I love art and art making. So much of my time is spent creating room for that expression in my life. I am also a proud mother of two little boys, so I raise my children with that sensibility as well. I love working with women on issues that deal with sex and sexual identity. So the other part of my passion lies in creative projects and spiritual practices that investigate womanhood from that perspective.
Can you tell us a little bit about your art practice and how it’s evolved?
I’ve been making art since I was 7. It’s just a part of who I am and how I move in the world. It’s been more of a path than a hobby, or something like that. I studied studio and art history at the University of Maryland in College Park. I developed an appreciation for abstract expressionist painting at that time so many of my works are 2-dimensional compositions that reflect my studies of that genre. Many of those works are now gone, but I do have a few that I've managed to hold onto. In my last year however, I became really interested in performance art after being introduced to Angry Women, a book about 16 women performance artists in the Re/Search series. I was really excited about the idea of using different kinds of media to tell a story.
Last March, I worked with artists Elaine Hargrove and Bridget Barkan on producing an art show in celebration of women's history month at Freecandy in Brooklyn. I curated and performed with 13 women in a piece that was a homage of sorts to Yoko Ono's book, Grapefruit. The work was basically a series of ongoing meditations on her instruction pieces. It was a lot of fun and I plan on returning to that performance and building on it for future works.
Since September of last year, I've also been co-hosting the Portal and the Whale Medicine Theater with my dear friend and writer, Tiziana Rinaldi Castro. It's an interactive experimental theater that involves storytelling through a series of loosely curated, multi-media happenings that take place throughout the night. Tiziana had this beautiful interest in theater as medicine and she shared that with me. This immediately spoke to me because of the work I had just done with Grapefruit. Recently, we did something for the Caribbean Cultural Center on 'Isis vs. ISIS' and the idea of Sincerity and Revelation. It's a work that we're going to continue to develop this year.