Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago I seek to navigate tensions within identity, power and political struggle. Through traditional folklore and carnival characters from Trinidad and Tobago I work towards unraveling and subverting existing forms of representation into new forms that carry pointed social critiques. Utilizing the intimate material of ceramics, I work to construct and reinvent characters in ways that confront the viewer with their understanding of Caribbean identities.
Beginning with early memories of shaping clay as a child all the way to the present I’ve had a love affair with sculpture. This passion has manifested as an obsession with ceramic sculpture, all things clay. Shaping clay is a conversation between material and artist where each gives voice to the other. This primal material is my medium of choice for an ongoing project titled Mas’Queer’Raid; a collection of Traditional Trinidadian carnival/folklore characters that I invoke to tackle tensions surrounding my Creolized Queer Caribbean Selfhood. Issues of Caribbean whiteness, colonial histories, transgressive sexualities/bodies, all come to the fore in my work.
My greatest desire with my work is to be a voice among many that work towards amplifying Caribbean cultural representation beyond stereotypical media portrayals. As a Queer Trinidadian artist, I seek to be a part of a dialogue that keeps these traditional elements of our creative past alive. Together we aspire, together we achieve.