fans

Black Eyed Sue
Hope Walking the Valley
Women of Letters: Wheatley
For Colored Girls
Salt Eaters
Elania

I make fans because I think this form is associated with African spirituality and a way to keep cool while "praising the lord" I have taken this form to create a spirit of memory, they are amulets of protection and offer me the opportunity to work outside of traditional canvas squares and golden rectangle. 

I have used the fan as a medium or shape to record family memories, speak against Jim crow, and call for mercy and justice. The fan's symbolism evokes memories of my great aunts on a hot summer day, fanning away discomfort while praying at my grandmother's funeral. With a combination of utility, artistic beauty, and spiritual practice, I create these forms.