Untitled (For TL) is a meditation on desire, loss and longing. The work’s imagery draws from Untitled (Erasure), 2010, which documents a prison wall collage at the colonial era Jamestown fort (Accra, Ghana) that at one time held President Kwame Nkrumah as a political prisoner, as well as a letter from an American prisoner incarcerated in the United States in 2007.
Through the act of “the cut,” collage for me, acts as a conduit between history, trauma and memory. My practice has been highly influenced by Romare Bearden’s work and his exploration of the phantasmagorical through the use of the documentary image. In addition I am drawn to Bearden’s complex compositional narratives as well as his sublime investigation of color as an emotive catalyst.