A richness has walked with me since my first days in college (1971) at NC A&T State University. There, I had the good fortune of paying many visits to the then named “Africa House”; a small building on campus filled with artifacts from across the continent of Africa. The curator/director, Mrs Mattye Reed, was most gracious in accommodating my inquisitive spirit, and I soaked up as much as I could manage to in my visits to this treasure chest. What lays before me as sculptor is a careful unpacking and revisiting of the aesthetic sensibilities I witnessed displayed in those exquisitely patterned weavings, carvings and castings created by my relatives and Ancestors.
I have long seen the essence of my work to be a means of educating those who encounter it. Without the use of words these forms and images communicate layers of meaning. In the process of conveying to the public, by way of the spoken and written word, my understandings of what I see myself communicating through my art, I too have been educated and elevated in awareness.
As an educator, I am unfettered in the sense of not operating under the auspices of an institution. This freedom from a need to conform or to identify with any academic dispositions has permitted me the opportunity to express my innermost thoughts and feelings on the nature of being from my perspective.
My current work is a further exploration and articulation of an ancient knowledge of relationship passed on to and through notables such as Euclid, Archimedes, Plato, Pythagoras, Leonardo Da Vinci, Giordano Bruno, Johannes Kepler, Albrecht Durer, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Buckminster Fuller, Robert L. Powell Sr, Lynnclaire Dennis, and a great many others.
These forms and images are a reflection of the geometries of Nature and embody some of the energetic matrices of Nature’s pre-material template. These works of art are to serve viewers as a source of inspiration, as a springboard for the imagination, and as a visual bridge between the arts and the sciences.
What is paramount in my journey is that I remain true to and in integrity with the visions that I walk with, and that every effort is towards manifesting these visions to share with the world.