"A Connection Between Viewer and Nature"
Where are you from? What was your childhood like? What inspired your art and what does art mean to you?
I was born in Elk Grove Village, IL but move back and forth to Mississippi and Chicago most of my childhood. One would say throughout my childhood I was a curious boy. I questioned how things work or why they are the way they are. This led me to begin taking things apart just to see how they were constructed after that I would then put the pieces back together. I was just taking the time out of my life to find the answer that no one could tell me. My art is inspired by nature and the history of black people.
What does “context” mean to you in your own words? Is your style of art meant to be relatable to the viewer? Does your art have to exist in a gallery, museum, or exhibition space to be considered art?
Context is something that is inescapable for an artist. It’s about expressing your feelings, thoughts or perspective on current events that are happening. But, it all has to be relevant to the present viewer, as well as, future viewer. My style is to be original, and my goal is to reach all viewers, while focusing mostly on black viewers. I want to create interest through educating my community, the black community, about themselves. My art doesn't have to exist in a gallery, museum, or exhibition to be considered art. Art is art even on the refrigerator.
What drives you to create? Do you prefer one medium over another or is your selection spontaneous? Could you describe the connection between us and the medium you choose?
I'm driven by my ideas, nature, and other artists. I can't stick to only one medium, Honestly, I like them all because I like to mix them into one another to create something new. Us? I take it you're speaking about black people. The connection between viewer and my art is nature. In most of the mediums I use I select them from nature’s palette, clay is a good example. I want to allow the viewers to develop a closer connection to eARTh through my use of natural materials.
How do you see your art impacted viewers 200 years from now?
I hope my art inspires the youth and that they remember that art is art just create and the greatness will fall into place. Also, my worst fear is that my art becomes popular and sells for millions when I'm dead and I was struggling with a 9-5 while alive making art.