“Where I Rest (My Bones),” 2018, was shot in my hometown, Columbia, SC. Creating the images was a physical and emotional challenge for me–I engaged with different elements of my childhood house, yard, and the surrounding woods, drawing upon memories from my adolescence.
While I have fond memories of my childhood and parents, I have a very complicated relationship with the south, partially due to its problematic past in U.S. history and also because of my experiences living in a conservative, religious pocket of the deep south. Perhaps this tumultuous relationship is why I’ve never felt completely connected to one place.
Skeptical of the idea of a “community,” I float quietly through the cities and towns I inhabit or visit, unsure of where I fit, always acting as the observer. Yet, even without a strong emotional connection to one place, I embody a multitude of passions and experiences, further complicating my identity and my journey to discovering where I belong.
What He Left behind
“What He Left Behind,” 2017-present, is an ongoing project exploring the lingering pain that results from instances of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse in romantic partnerships. I use my own body as a tool in my art-making process, engaging in ritualistic practices to physically express the abuse I have endured. By pushing myself to confront my past traumas, I begin the path toward healing and reclaiming my autonomy.
“Reframing History,” 2016.
Pictured is: Rape of the Sabine Woman, Rape of Europa, Judith Slaying Holofernes, Rape of Proserpina, and Susanna and The Elders.