Queer identity, history, and theory is the basis for my work. This intersects with black identity and history, predominantly in the U.S. As a queer man of color, questions of my own identity and desires have been a constant presence in my life. Growing up in small town Appalachia, there was not much discourse on these topics, nor many similar folk around me, therefore most of what informed my questions about my own identity were based off of the stereotypes and stigmas associated with sexuality, gender, and race. In my work, I reference bits of queer and black history, common associations with masculinity and femininity, and stereotypes associated with these concepts in a way that shows history and raises questions as to why these ideas perpetuate our culture and society.
Currently living and working in Peoria, IL