The funny titles? There's definitely a lot of tongue and cheek references in my work. I kind of see enlightenment or the concerns of spiritual matters as one big inside joke. And once you get it there's like this eternal bliss where you understand the joke that's the mystery of life. I mean yeah, things are serious but we have to take a step back laugh and marvel at how intricate yet how simple the universe can be. And I try to remind people of that with the humor in my work.
We see so many images of blackness under duress. Especially in art. So much of black history is primarily like the chronicling of suffering. And it's important for us to be aware of that and speak on that but at the end of the day my art is medicine. So I don't want to further traumatize. I want you to see the parts of yourself that are beautiful and untainted by the ugliness of this world.
The future? I see the future in a similar way that Rasheedah Phillips wrote in her book Black Quantum Futurism. Like the idea that we create our future and we create our past. I have my own desires for the future but I'm still co-creating with other people. Like were all asking the question and giving the answer simultaneously. And I guess the future that we create looks exactly like the art we create. To me it's a synthesis of ancient ideology and practice with the technology available to us. We've always had access to the same Science and technology we just used it in different ways.
I'm trying to get back to a place where blackness isn't under attack and where blackness is thriving. The idea that the past, present and future are all here it's just shifting our focus between timelines. Our gifts and abilities and how we interact with each other are an act of rebellion or revolution. That's who we are & who we've always been. We're masters of this domain but still living a reality where that can be forgotten, so we address that with Afrofuturism to remind us.
I make art to express myself but it's happening through the ancestors and I guess I'm creating this for people who forgotten who they were. I'm attempting to liberate people mentally by reminding them who they were outside of what society tells them they are. I'm not the only one doing it. I realize I'm part of a Global collective and I appreciate that. Like I said before, it's medicine
and it's liberation
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