My work interrogates notions of cultural heritage, sexual and gender identity, and ritual practices as a first generation African–American, black queer man born to Trinidadian immigrants. My goal is to contextualize a queer blackness through the erotic, imagination, invention, and the investigation of dreams, magic, materials, and ritual.
With AEIOU (2021), I am engaging with the Yoruba cosmological concept of Chi, or energy is in everything, alive and inorganic. I am inspired by the carnival technique of ‘wire bending’ steel, West African sculpture, Afrofuturism, Afro Surrealism, Modern Art, as well as Surrealism. Star Crossed (2019), is the result of noticing many youths wearing blue and red, which I learned symbolized gang relations. On one occasion, I observed two young men walking together - one in red and the other blue - and I imagined them living out a moment of romantic union.
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