2017 - 2021
Underline explores my biracial/Black identity through the introspective creation of blind-contour self-portraits; a drawing process that asks me to engage fully with my own visual form, and translate that form into line while not looking at what I am creating or lifting my mark from the page. As a biracial person how I am seen shifts in the eye of the beholder and depends on social context. Through these explorations I contemplate my own visual form while relinquishing the ability to control how I look. I embrace a process of discovery that asks me to truly see myself, and asks the viewer to find me within, and beneath, the wandering lines. These drawings began in black and white, but gradually shifted towards multicolored expressions of self. Through this process I have discovered that none of us are just one thing- we are all multicolored beings beneath the surface.