Region: West

 Grace Lee Boggs, an American revolutionary, defined true wealth as the ability to relate to other human beings. In the pursuit of such wealth in 2004, I reframed my figurative paintings in a matrix of nonidentity to address the fluidity of personhood and the oneness of humanity.

I assign to David W. Carbado’s belief, in his essay concerning male and heterosexual privilege, that “we cannot change the macro effect of discrimination without ameliorating the power effects of our identities.” By allowing viewers to personify the figure and thereby erect a personal narrative, I am hoping to reform the scope of perception. My two-dimensional work is my contribution toward cultural shifts that move individuals beyond the constraints of race and gender into a society that is free from the consequences of social categorizing.