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Amaranth/Anesthetization


Shroud I. 2024. 9″ x 12″ amaranth on handmade cotton paper
Shroud II. 2024. 9″ x 12″ amaranth on handmade cotton paper
Shroud III. 2024. 9″ x 12″ amaranth on handmade cotton paper
Shroud IV. 2024. 9″ x 12″ amaranth on handmade cotton paper
Shroud V. 2024. 9″ x 12″ amaranth on handmade cotton paper
Shroud VI. 2024. 9″ x 12″ amaranth on handmade cotton paper
Garden Shroud, 2024. 30″ x 70.” monoprint, amaranth and pokeweed ink, watercolor, acrylic ink, paper, thread

Untitled Shroud Work-in-Progress

Left: Untitled, (January, 2024) 30″ x 66″ Natural Inks: Amaranth, Pokeweed, & Walnut, with artificial watercolor and acrylic pigments, on Arches watercolor paper

Right: Untitled, (February, 2024) 30″ x 66″ Natural Inks: Amaranth & Pokeweed, with artificial watercolor and acrylic pigments, on Arches watercolor paper

Untitled, (February, 2024) 30″ x 66″ Natural Inks: Amaranth & Pokeweed, with artificial watercolor and acrylic pigments, on Arches watercolor paper

Untitled, (January, 2024) 30″ x 66″ Natural Inks: Amaranth, Pokeweed, & Walnut, with artificial watercolor and acrylic pigments, on Arches watercolor paper

Studio Shot (Feb 2024)

Untitled, (February 17, 2024) 30″ x 22″ Natural Inks: Amaranth, with artificial watercolor and acrylic pigments, on Arches watercolor paper

Body Bags, (Feb 2024) Amaranth Ink on watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″ each

Body Bag, (Feb 2024) Amaranth Ink on watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″

Body Bags II, (Feb 2024) Amaranth Ink on watercolor paper, 22″ x 30″

Detail from Body Bags I, Amaranth and pokeweed Ink on watercolor paper, 22″ x 30″

still from video performance (summer 2023)

still from video performance (summer 2023)

documentation photo from monoprinting process (August 2022)

Untitled (Feb 2024), watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″

Untitled (Feb 2024), watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″

Untitled (Feb 2024), Amaranth Ink on Arches watercolor paper, 9″ x 12″

Self Portrait in-progress, (August, 2023 to present) amaranth and pokeweed ink on amaranth dyed watercolor paper, 10″ x 11″


“Self-Inflicted Anesthetization” | 36″ x 90″ | Pokeweed and Amaranth Ink on drawing paper

Text Reads:

“A mad woman taken from her husband and children. Of course she was mad, or she would not have given her grief words in that public place. Her keepers were along. What she said was rational enough, pathetic, at times heart-rending. It excited me so I quietly took opium. It enables me to retain every particle of mind or sense or brains I have, and so quiets my nerves that I can calmly reason and take rational view of things otherwise maddening.”

Mary Boykin Chesnut, from her Civil War Diaries


(video still) The base drawing paper, covered in amaranth ink, and applied with amaranth plants, was created during one of my video performances filmed in September.
Pokeweed on Amaranth, which faded almost immediately. Hypothesis: Amaranth Ink made with vinegar, with a high PH, has a lot less lightfastedness.

Inquiry: How might this piece become sculptural, rolled up on a drum, to be moved easily across a colonial desk? And how might it become a performance? And documentation of meditative act?


Older Work thinking about the same idea—

“Dismantling” (2022) | Photographs, 13″ x 19″ each


How do white people undo generations of anesthetizing ourselves? Of turning away when something is uncomfortable? I am the link between my ancestors and descendents and I aim to create a new legacy for my kids. Using my baby bib as a symbol of the desensitization that past generations have placed onto me, I have dismantled it, taking it apart thread by thread.

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