I want to live in a world in which every micro-aggression, attack on humanity, and doubt of divinity aimed at Black Women is destroyed by aggressively Femme, future-sent deities. These Goddesses are enveloped and adorned by magnificent cornrows, dreadlocks and twists. The hairstyles act as armor and weapon, protecting and repelling wearers from white supremacy and misogyny. These are the beings I create. My wildest dreams realized; a marriage between the spectral beings we (as Black people) can and will transform into as a result of the culture we currently live in with the majesty, magic and tradition of our ancestors.
My work envisions a cosmically bountiful world where Blackness is a manifestation of the divine. This “divine technology” develops as a means of survival; an adaptation that gives us the power to thrive in a future that does not embrace our existence. A cranium consumed, overpowered and obscured by the growth of hair and in doing so transforming into another species entirely. Part alien, part spirit these gods are the protectors and the protected becoming what correct society simultaneously fetishizes and abhors.
These Future Ancestors are my response to, and escape from the many ways Black bodies are policed and demonized; white America’s historical repulsion to Black hair and the more contemporary fetishization and appropriation of Black hairstyles within popular culture. They are the gatekeepers of my rage and sadness, projections of power and freedom, cast onto an otherworldly reality.