The Refracted Saints

The refracted series reflects the experience of black womxn in America. The saints are "refracted" or fragmented to represent the way Black womxn are seen through a societal lens, as bent, broken, distorted. This draws a parallel to how light refracts around an object as it moves through water.

 

The saints envision the differences between how Black womxn view themselves and the ways others see them. The works depict female figures body as a “whole saint” adorned with only a halo. They are set against a vibrant, at times gilded backgrounds, They occupy space with her refracted reflections. “

 

As we pass through an intolerant society, our image is distorted, our light and our sainthood refracted – but we are somehow still whole,”

“Real saints are not gilded, they are pained, flawed, and beautiful people.”  

In the Press

The Henry Art Museum

The Stranger, "The Henry's Latest Exhibition Brings Art to the Sides of Buses"

University of Washington Daily

TeenTix

Refracted Saint No 1.

Refracted Saint No 1.

Soft pastel mixed media. Featured by The Henry modern art gallery as part of Set In Motion exhibit 2020-2021

Set in Motion - Henry

Set in Motion - Henry

Evolution of Hattie

Evolution of Hattie

Meet Refracted Saint No.3 - the evolution of Hattie is a nod to black women's evolution from the mammy figure to empowerment. Hattie is Hattie McDaniels; even then she had layers. Featured at The En Gallery in Columbia City, Seattle; October 2021.

Refracted Saint No. 2

Refracted Saint No. 2

Not all saints are Christian or whole.

Refracted Saint No. 4, "They all have names..."

Refracted Saint No. 4, "They all have names..."

A tribute to the unsung missing black girls."