art has been not only the catalyst for questioning but the medium through which I question. through my work I find myself in recurrent dialogue with my past self asking: who boxed you in? who hurt you? what made them believe that there was something wrong with a black boy expressing himself in unconventional ways? what is “conventional”? who has the pleasure to define it? the answers to these questions are cannot be contained within the timeline of my life. their answers are societal, institutional, historical. thus, my work becomes an engagement with the legacy of these questions: searching, expressing, becoming. ultimately, the catharsis lies in making connections to roots, transgressing, defining convention for myself.