"I’m fairly black, to people. I’ve gotten blacker. Like I wasn’t that black for a while - but then, I got really really black" -Ellon James White
I am a multi disciplinary artist who utilizes fiber art methodologies to create work that embodies the uncertainty I have with my version of blackness. My work addresses both my reaction to experiencing racism, both internal and external, and subsequently, the desire to construct the right identity in order to achieve acceptance. The social hierarchy determined by lighter or darker skin tones that exists within the black community has been influential to how I understand my identity and a major conceptual component of my practice. Alluding to feelings of doubt and anxiety, my work highlights struggles with skin tone, speech and hair that I experience as a black woman and artist, and how I process and cope with those struggles.
Through fusing memories of my childhood with fictional responses, I am able to depict provocative yet playful self-portraits and narratives that illustrate my feelings of discomfort, otherness and invisibility.