WORK + TEXT > Grants Town Trickster (2012-2014)

In the exhibit Grants Town Trickster, I champion the idea of the artist as trickster through a personal mythology that I create. Specifically, my work explores various stages of Joseph Cambell’s Monomyth, also known as The Hero’s Journey. I was born and grew up in the impoverished, stigmatized and oftentimes marginalized Grants Town community in Nassau Bahamas. I moved to the United States at age 21 and assimilated into American culture. My objective is to map my matriculation through various spheres within society whereby I tell a story of success through tracing a journey that begins in an impoverished state, both mentally and physically, ending in a place of enrichment. Both autobiographic and universal in nature, my intentions are to work through behaviors of the trickster as an embodiment of self and hero.

Much of my practice comprises research that is informed by critical investigation and theories surrounding mythology, literature, and folk archetypes. Through visual personification and allegory, I narrate and elaborate on real life events. Literature, documentaries, and real world conversations also fuels the work. Though framed in fictional narratives, my work explores and in many ways critiques real life situations that I have either personally experienced or encountered through research. Oftentimes I am reminded of the underlying darkness that reoccur in childhood fables – in a sense, drawing a parallel to the menacing motifs that occur in my work.

Golden Gate
Cardboard, spray paint, tape, boot, doll, wood, string, faux fur and acrylic on cut canvas
67” x 80”
2012
To Protect and Serve
Cardboard, spray paint, tape, rope, doll head and acrylic on cut canvas
67’’ x 105”
2012
Boy Predator, Boy Prey
Acrylic, Spray Paint, Latex house paint, duct tape, cardboard, found fabric from sofa, sandwich (now 3 years old) on canvas
72’’ x 52’’
2012
Is This What You Call Paradise?
Cardboard, duck take, cloth rope, spray paint and acrylic on canvas
72'' x 36''
2012
Therefore I am sure that this, My coronation, is not a symbol of your power
Acrylic, spray paint, latex house paint, pencil, chalk, bottle top, and found fabric on cut canvas
72’’x 86’’
2014
The Law
Acrylic, spray paint, and tape on cut canvas
60” x 108”
2012
Slap on the wrist (Study for  The Law)
Acrylic, spray paint, rope, fabric, found gun and tape
32'' x 38''
2012
Hypnos and Thanatos: On Violence, Murder, and The Streets
Faux trimming, found cloth, doll head, spray paint and acrylic on cut canvas
88'' x78''
2012
TRUTH: The Cloak of the Wicked Witch
Acrylic and spray paint on unprimmed canvas
7ft x varied width
2012
For The Slain Dragon Is Precisely The Monster of the Status Quo
Cardboard, spray paint, acrylic, figurines, wood, cloth, rubber, and bed mattress
2013
For The Slain Dragon Is Precisely The Monster of the Status Quo (detail)
Cardboard, spray paint, acrylic, figurines, wood, cloth, rubber, and bed mattress
2013