Derek (top detail), 2018


Artist Statement

I am a Jamaican American visual artist from the Bronx. Through my practice, I transform ubiquitous objects into portraits of black and brown people. I work primarily with rubber tires and tubes because the materials are tough, flexible, and forgiving. My work considers the texture of a person—the style and journeys of black individuals and the pieces that hold them together. I believe hairstyles and expressions are identity markers that represent comfort beneath a rough exterior. When I am making sculptures, I feel a part of the world and that they change the perception of black people; changing the world into a softer place.