Each quilt I make is a visual narrative in cloth.
I feel personally charged to preserve and interpret singular and shared experiences of displacement, loss, joy, and resolve. The rich storytelling heritage of quilting provides a natural medium for recalling and recording those experiences and memories. Each quilt I make is a visual narrative in cloth. Each quilt keeps a memory safe.
Those memories take shape on art quilts that fuse fine and vernacular artistic modalities. I painstakingly transform the canvas used in most of my quilt tops into a textural study that mimics leather, which is a prevalent material in masks and talismanic amulets made across the African continent. The surface design features themes that often reoccur in my work, including exaggerated thread length and thickness, a succinct use of color and embellishments, and a measured use of hand and machine quilting that allows texture and space to dominate the visual space of the work. The backing of each quilt features traditional materials and a graphic composition often associated with the improvisational genre of African American quilting.
My current photographic and non-figurative contemporary quilts are infused with a strong sense of cultural memory and continuity. Each complete art quilt is a synthesis of cherished and changing quilting techniques. These modern and traditional constructions bring the memory of centuries of American craft into the present.