Sometimes I name my pieces according to what's going on in present day. I just watched the documentary, Chasing Trane. I was pleased to learn more about John Coltrane's spiritual awakening and how it played a huge part in his transformation as an individual and as a musician. I, too, have experienced a spiritual awakening that changed the entire trajectory of my life, as well as the role that art has played in my journey. There's a certain reverence and humility that John created from that I can relate to as a Believer. Really, when I think about it, all of my favorite artists create in this way. We are vessels tapped into our Source to create the work the Most High would have us to share. I named this piece, (to know a love Supreme), to serve as both an homage to to Mr. Coltrane and as an acknowledgement to other artists who have dedicated their lives to divine creation.
// an exploration of The Beginning //
I often find myself going down that rabbit hole of wondering what it would be like to reset one's mind to all that is pure, divine and true. At the time I began this collection, I was re-reading the creation story in the book of Genesis. In another aspect of my studies, I was revisiting the Tabula Rasa vs Innatism argument--something I learned in one of my undergrad psych classes.
Tabula Rasa was a theory popularized by philosopher, John Locke, who believed that the mind is a "blank slate" at birth in which knowledge is gained through experience. On the other hand, Innatism is the belief that the mind is born WITH knowledge and ideas.
This monochromatic collection represents a mash up of both theological and philosophical inspirations.
In these pieces, I assert my belief that it might be a bit of all perspectives: the purity of the divine and the imprint of the innate amidst the blankness.
Genesis 1:1-2 // "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
This lil' piece was made with lots of passion. I created it during a fit of frustration. It was take number 21804340982 of many attempts of trying to find the right medium and method to transforming my digital collages into something more tangible. Though this piece has been one of my favorites, it was left untitled until recently. I've been thinking a lot about progress in terms of motion. Sometimes getting to the next level doesn't require a ladder, but instead the strength to get through.
An exploration: What does it look like for a young black man to come of age. What does it feel like? How many times does it happen?
For a long time, I've expressed my love for the land through photography. Now, I want to explore it in a more tactile way. In my earlier years, I was fascinated with nature's beauty alone--now I am intrigued with "nature's nature" and its ability to take care of itself. I firmly believe that it's because the land knows its Source. cc: HTRW
I created these small terrarium as studies for future nature-inspired installations. Own a piece of the process by taking one of these babies home: