selected projects > dark matter: celestial objects as messengers of love in these troubled times

In this solo exhibition at Chicago's Hyde Park Art Center, slipcast objects as cosmic orbs, soundscapes, and NASA video create a dynamic environment as a celestial Afrofuturist landscape for reflection, meditation and healing. With a shotgun house-inspired sculpture as a spaceship that appears to have come from another realm, the work embodies my desire to infuse love and restore dignity to a culture that is troubled with unfortunate manifestations of fear, hate, greed, shame, and a disregard for others. This exhibition of new work combines elements of architecture and integrates visual art, objects, sound, and video. As in some of the my previous work (Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, 2016), the house as a powerful symbol, continues my interest in Southern vernacular architecture. In this case, the shotgun house with its origins in West Africa and economy in layout and design becomes a form that appears as if it landed from outer space incorporating elements that suggest a futuristic, transplanetary Middle Passage and migration through deep space. Original soundscapes by Joelle Mercedes placed throughout the gallery are conceived to sound like communications from another world.

zora-b: 1891.1917.1960. 2006
wood, paint, hardware
silver: 16'h x 12'w x 3"d; gold: 16'h x 12'w x 3"d; black, gold, silver: 16'h x 14' 8"w x 3"d

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sizes: various

Moonlight (Claire de Lune), video
Courtesy NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
The visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics. The lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018.
Moonlight (Claire de Lune)

An Explosion on the Sun, video
Courtesy NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Images courtesy of NASA/GSFC/SDO
On April 17, 2016, an active region on the sun’s right side released a mid-level solar flare, captured here by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.  This video was captured in several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light, a type of light that is typically invisible to our eyes, but is color-coded in SDO images for easy viewing.
An Explosion on the Sun