Paintings from the Golden Age continue to captivate and haunt me. I have long felt inspired by the golden baroque frames, rich tints and hues and the otherworldly technical skill. At the same time, I began to feel a disconnection to these works as well. Though a photographer, not a master painter, I feel overtaken by the desire to create contemporary imagery with hints of renaissance references celebrating the often hidden beauty of people of color.

In this series I loosely combine traces of African and African American culture with renaissance undertones. Specifically focusing on Black hair which is often labeled unkempt.


The production of this series involved amplifying and combining hairstyles, manipulating and combining features , and often merging and piecing together eyes from a variety of different sources with my subjects eyes resulting in them appearing more knowing & directly connected to lost ancestry celebrating African lineage and the varying beauty of Black children. 

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