Socio-Political Work

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I believe in equality for all, that everyone deserves fundamental human rights and to be treated with respect and dignity. I hope to use my voice and my art to be an instrument of change. This new work is a direct response to the current political and social climate in our world, and more specifically, our country.

“Love Equals Love Cubed” is about equality for everyone, regardless of sexual preference, ethnicity, identity, race, religion, or physicality. It is about compassion, concern and love for all of our brothers and sisters.

“Gun Sight” speaks to gun violence in America and calls into question the underlying problems of gun violence. Hate, racism, mental illness, discrimination, substance abuse, poverty, and even the cult of celebrity all play a role. Depending on the viewer’s perspective and perception, he/she becomes either the perpetrator or the victim of violence.

“Voyage” was not created as a response to recent events but was originally created for a series called, “Passages,” about life’s journey and our dreams of passage into other worlds. This piece has been included in this body of work, because the core ideas behind “Passages” also reflect the plight of the immigrant. It represents the gravity of making the decision to leave one’s home in hope of a better life.

“Rise Up” is a call to action. It’s about exercising our right to peaceably assemble. This image is a self-portrait, taken from an image of me at the Women’s March in Washington, DC on January 21, 2017. On that day, together with my mother, Kathy, my sister, Lindsay and my four-year old niece, Hudson, I marched for many things…human rights, black lives matter, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, science, clean water and the environment. It is our right and responsibility to stand up against injustice against our fellow humans and the planet earth. Inaction is a form of action, so we must Rise Up! This piece is interactive. Viewers are invited to write one word or phrase that indicates something important to them that they are willing to stand up for. Paint markers are available on the back of the work.

“Rethreaded: Flight” is a large-scale installation artwork that features a large steel birdcage, with bars meant to resemble stained glass and hundreds of colorful birds made from recycled t-shirts. The birdcage is completely empty, and the door is left open. It appears that the all of the birds have been set free.

This piece represents freedom and also references Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” My students and I collaborated to build the large-scale birdcage. UNF students and faculty, as well as members of the community from Jacksonville and beyond created the birds, some having “flown” from various locations across the US.

The installation was designed to bring awareness to Human Trafficking and the local organization, Rethreaded, whose mission it is to help survivors of human trafficking.