BIOGRAPHY

I was born and raised in the 19th ward of Rochester, NY. Out of love and protection, my mother allowed me only to play from in front of my house up to the stop sign that was located two houses down. Naturally, I would grow curious about the world beyond my parameters. I expressed myself through writing fictional short stories, poetry, and blasting hip hop from the stereo in my room.

Human Service work

In college, I majored in social sciences with a concentration in mental health. Over the last 8 years, I’ve worked as an assistant manager, a clinical case manager, and a residential counselor in various group homes.

I’ve had my work featured on NBC nightly news with Lester Holt and have been published in local magazines like Post Rochester and South Wedge Quarterly. 

Tying it together

My camera acts as an advocate, allowing me to tell the stories of the people within my community and beyond. My focus is to find beauty in the hidden gems, balance with the duality of light and dark, and stillness in the poetic rhythm of the streets.


(Photo on the left by Adam Eaton, Rochester Artist Collaborative) 


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Inspirations/Influences: 

My mother, Deana Lawson, Imani O'Lear, Arleen Thaler, Boogie, Mara Ahmed, Spike Lee, Brooklyn New York, Rochester New York, Eminem, 90's hip hop and 90's aesthetics


EXHIBITIONS:

Group exhibitions: 

2020, RoCo, "Underpin and Overcoat"

2019, UUU Art Collective, "Make Yourself @ Home"

2018 Qween City Live, Buffalo, NY "Qween City Live"

2017,  Flower City Arts Center, "Plastic: Our Weakness"


Solo exhibitions: none...yet


FEATURES & PUBLICATIONS:

2020, The Deadline E-Newsletter, Rochester, NY

2019, Open The Black Door, blog based in Buffalo NY

2018, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

2018, Great Big Story 

2018, Post Magazine, Spring Issue, Rochester, NY 

2016 The South Wedge Quarterly Volume 4, Issue 2, Rochester, NY


(Photo on the right by Maddy Nguyen)

 

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