Piercing the Veil

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Work, labor, and economy have been areas of focus in my art practice over the last several years. Before I began my journey as a visual artist and educator, I worked blue collar jobs in the printing and manufacturing industries. Manual labor, the daily grind, hustling, however you describe work and employment, says a lot about a person, their culture, and where they “fit” within the social constructs of their community and society. These themes relate not only to my own story, but to the larger narrative of how the Deep South was built from Reconstruction through World War II and how people are perceived and valued today.

Through the process of cutting, collaging, and draping, the artworks in Piercing the Veil perform the act of revealing preconceived ideas and exposing truths about disenfranchised demographics, not just in our nation, but in our own community. By peeling back layers of history, there is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how African-American, Indigenous peoples, immigrants, and women (among others) are still treated today. Share croppers, migrant workers, factory machinists, artisans, and activists are the subject matter for this body of work. The act of work, in its various capacities, showcase how these groups have sweat and bled to develop and cultivate the American South, reaping little benefits.