Box 2, 2022
22 x 24 x 8 inches
“The works in my Steel Collage series are pieced together from outtakes and scrap steel from my previous works. The abstract forms are inspired by my work about immigration and my ongoing inspiration from African culture. ”
welded steel, steel sculpture
Lives and works in New York City and spends several months every year in Mali.
“Bridging diverse cultures, my art celebrates the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we share. I make steel sculptures and installations that also include photography and video. Research in the form of immersive fieldwork is important to my work. Annual visits to Mali, for more than two decades, provide inspiration. My art traces my enduring exploration of sculptural form, my ongoing relationship with African culture, and my lifelong involvement in social activism.
I engage in long-term collaborations, particularly with Malian artists. We are all, at the same time, researcher and object of research producing dialogue and concrete works of art. Working trans-culturally unites people from different cultures, education, histories. The exchange of perspectives and contexts can highlight global similarities and specific cultural differences as contributors think together, contributing beliefs and strategies from their individual experiences. As the work continues over a long period of time, the result can be an identity that is not exclusively linked to a geographic location or ethnicity but to new cultural and conceptual realms.”