My fiber and multi-media works have been featured in two one-woman shows, several group shows and acquired for personal collections. My work, be it visual art, digital, audio or written word, is about social justice and human existence—its history, current state and possible futures. It is also about the environment, including its mysteries extending into the universe. In my recent work, I interrogate physical and economic violence against people and violence against this planet.
My mother, the late Margaret Eleanor Curry of Philadelphia, taught me to sew when I was a child and, as an adult, the process of creating quilts, collages and figures with fabric and mixed media, immediately immerses me in a world of color, pattern and texture. Some of my earliest works of visual art I created as an undergraduate in college, (before turning my attention to writing), included photography and combining fabric with mixed media.
I am drawn to the common fabrics of my generation, including denim jeans, khaki and camouflage. These everyday fabrics are juxtaposed with fine silk or metallic finishes, as well as rough textures such as pockets, waistbands and exposed seams. Many of my quilts also include excerpts from my poetry books and computer printed images that add to the narrative of history and passage. My recent works are inspired by two Yoruba spirits, Oya, who governs wind, tempests, vengeance and communications with the ancestors, and Olokun, who governs the deepest part of the seas and so also governs the souls of Africans thrown into the ocean during the Atlantic Slave Trade. I have created a series of contemporary Olokun figures that carry the souls of African Americans killed by state violence and also a series featuring Olokun as a water protector who proclaims that “Water is Life.”