Artist StatementAlthough Born in Southeast London, my Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage usually feeds directly into my practice. I look to convey a sense of empowerment to often marginalised ethnic groups in the western world, through the exploration of cultural identity.
I seek to create a discourse regarding society’s perception of people to be of varying humanistic value. With the disenfranchised often being undermined by the mainstream media; which somewhat paradoxically reflects a hierarchy of status similar to colonial ideals in reference to the transatlantic slave trade.
Using found objects as canvases for my works has been a constant within my practice. This process of bringing new value to often disregarded items creates a cohesion between the concepts behind the work and the aesthetic output. As I empower various figures; I simultaneously do so with the ground used.
Regularly drawing with pen enables me to call upon traditional draughtsman techniques, taking influence from Da Vinci’s sketches during the high renaissance.
Through an almost contradictory process of using this relatively modern art medium with a classical approach to mark making: I look to bring portraiture to the forefront of contemporary art.