How is the City your studio? "Chicago, is my studio, a space for making something out of nothing, envisioning and experimenting--framing my family memories and tragedies for more than four generations, city policies impacting personal histories, giving and taking possibilities. This city, the people, the buildings, its perfect grid bones and working class heart, DuSable, Fosse, Fred Hampton, Chaka Khan, Phylliss Hyman, Minnie Ripperton, Rekia Boyd, the AACM, Soul Train, Pulaski Day, race riots, police torture, city with a neighborhood for every nation, so you could travel the world on a supertoken,/transfer/ 30-day pass. The patronage politics and corruption, the flow of resources, bodies, wind, water and energy, a childhood spent smelling chocolate on the wind...Chicago, from the 100's to Howard Street, the Lake to Lake and Austin...where I hone my skills of accent and anonymity, code-switching between neighborhoods, 16 inch softball and shape shift to survive..."
Featured Artist Portrait by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux Chicago