Lamp to My Feet, Light to My Path
Artist Statement: "The Pineapple Metaphor: Expanding the Narrative" is a collection of hopeful, transformative, cultured, spiritual, and symbolic paintings that encompass my sensibilities of looking, perceiving, and digesting my life and the life around me. My work is a conversation between myself and place, using art as a paradoxical intervention to address racial trauma at its core. Integrating the pineapple's own growth and journey as a guiding metaphor, I dissect the fruit into three components-the cradle, core, and crown; to consider the impact of cultural history, personal narratives, and community on sustaining mental and emotional wellness. I integrate vibrant colors, found objects, patterns, texture, and hidden symbolism. My improvisational use of materials keeps me free from order and open to becoming. Through my vision and use of the pineapple, I imagine getting to the "core" of trauma. My artwork is the bridge that leads to that first step.