Portfolio > Zoomorphic Vessels

Nappy Hare #4
Ceramics, steel nails, personal hair
2020
$450
Nappy Hare #3 (in the summertime)
Ceramics, steel nails, cotton
2020
$450
Pink Sheep
Ceramics, steel nails
2020
$400
Moisturized Sheep
Ceramics, Steel nails
2020
$400
Lotion Buffalo #4
Ceramics, Steel nails
2020
Lotion Buffalo #3
Ceramics, steel nails
2020
$450
Trade
Ceramics, steel nails
2020
Fem Gay
Ceramics, steel nails
2020
$400
Butch Queen
Ceramics, Steel nails
2020
lotion, sun kissed, sun, kissed, melanin, combs, hair
Ceramic, Steel Nails, Personal Hair
2020
lotion, sun kissed, sun, kissed, melanin, combs, hair
Ceramic, Steel Nails, Personal Hair
2020
Nappy hare, nappy hair, nappy, rabbit, hare, hair
Ceramic, Steel Nails, Personal Hair
2020
$350
Nappy Hare
Ceramic, coconut oil, steel nails, my hair
2020
$300
Motha Moisturiza
Ceramic, steel nails, coconut oil, gold luster
2020
$450
They Ashy
Ceramic, steel nails, white mason stain
2020
Vaseline Sheep
Ceramic, Steel Nails, Petroleum Jelly
2020
$350
Lotion Buffalo 2.0
Ceramic, Steel Nails, Coconut Oil
2019
$300
Lotion Buffalo
Ceramic, Steel Nails and Cotton
2019
$250

For this work, I look at Black* and queer identity with a lens of interiority. This work is primarily inspired by Black folks’ history with moisturizing products for the hair and body, and my being conditioned to hold value in my hair, skin color and the necessary tools for care. Being considered physically ashy (white and dry skin) or socially ashy (wack, lame, ignorant) are lingo among Black folk. As a result, products like lotion or coconut oil have become a staple in the Black community, so I create objects that concretely elevate and highlight this relationship unique to Black culture. I also employ zoomorphic forms inspired by folktales and west and central african sculpture. The buffalo represents masculinity, the gazelle represents femininity, the sheep represents queerness and the rabbit represents Blackness.

*Black is used as a way to be inclusive of the Black experience in case anyone who is not African-American finds relatable moments within my work; however, when making my work I am primarily regarding my experiences as an African-American. The same applies to the use of Queer as I am speaking from the perspective of a gay man.