I like to make in the moment, often because I catch myself out of it. It's a way for me to stay present.
My work discusses contemporary identity, navigating a sense of self through many different spaces. I’m motivated by the black-mixed experience, the hybridity and movement of culture, technology and life in the cities and cyberspace. Drawing from Karen Barad’s concept of intra-action - the mutual constitution of entangled agency - I take in and funnel my experiences into an inseparable phenomena of pieces.
The process is more complementary to sampling rather than being multidisciplinary. I synthesise different mediums and assets, identifying material with their own purposes into new contexts. Life & technology avert my attentions too often to provide the luxury of focusing on one thing.
That’s partly why I’ve often resorted back to drawing, the default when trying to find some grounding in an increasingly complex society. If I get stuck on ✨life🌊 I can shut it down and just say fuck it, I start some scribbles and off we go. A flow state guides the movement towards an outcome I might otherwise struggle to say, or write with words.
I translate that movement to my digital practices. The process is hybrid, collaging and mixing images and videos, repositioning objects and spaces, and alchemising movement at different speeds and tempos. The energies within collide in ways that make me question how to frame digital material as a whole.
I often won’t immediately understand how or why things come together. Assets such as videos sent via WhatsApp from family in Ivory Coast, screenshots from Netflix and Youtube, selfies, blurry events, brief moments, and drawn animations will come together in compositions through time and memory.
The concept of hiding and revealing remains prevalent as I try to entwine the dynamic and energetic with deeply personal, intimate aspects of life saved on the phone or tablet. The work often comes out somewhere in between figurative and abstract, where some elements are locatable and others ambiguous.
The medium is often the message, where the devices I use are both means to make and share. The touchscreen makes for a more fluid and accessible experience than the monotonous frustration of programming and rendering. Yet our tumultuous relationships with them - as open doors to our personal data and our wellbeing - have also had a permanent impact on contemporary identity, from the way we interact with ourselves and others. For better and worse we are hybridising with virtual identities extending past our bodies.