"Hungry", 2016, Acrylic on laser-cut Basswood
How did you get into debt?
Not having enough knowledge about loans at the time. I knew I didn't want to put my family in a lot of debt so I kept taking loans. There is one loan that I had to co-sign with my mom. I still hate myself for it. Had no choice at the time, they told me that if I didn't find a way to pay for the semester I couldn't come back to finish out the year. It still angers me when I think about it.
"Bacon", 2016,18''x24'', Acrylic on laser-cut Basswood
Describe your art practice
5 years ago I was living in China and saw a lot of art work there. A year later I returned to NYC and the art I saw was still in the back of my head. Decided to pick up a paint brush and canvas even though I didn't know what I was doing. I taught myself how to combine my passion for graphic design with paint. It started off as wanting to create portraits of of Black and Latinx women. Now it has evolved to using acrylics to visually document important stories and moments in history as a visual journalist of sorts. Always asking myself, how am I as an artist going to help in leading our people to collective freedom?
"For You", 2016, 18''x24'', Acrylic on canvas
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I'm not sure. Maybe?
"Untitled" (Reimagining public housing), 2016, 72''x60'', Acrylic on canvas.