I've been away but not idle... I've been creating but not posting so much, so I've wanted to update you on a major project I'm working on, and I hope you will follow me as I continue my journey as an artist -- from poetry, performance, and plays to film and video and back again!
The project that has taken so much of my time is called Flower Child...
In 2008, as some of you know I made a visit to Italy for a reunion with my father whom I hadn’t seen in 17 years. I brought along a camera and an artist sketchbook and began a journey into a multi-media way of expressing the complications of identity, family history, and language. I also started this blog in earnest after a second trip to Italy in 2009 by myself.
The reunion with my father and the processing of trying to express it all through images, text, and sound led me to the post-Bacc program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the fall of 2010. The following year I enrolled in the MFA Studio Arts program, where I found my way back to my play, Flower Child, which was commissioned by New York Theatre Workshop when I was a playwright living in New York City back in the day. At SMFA, I decided to film the play as a means of tracing my evolution as an artist, and to transform the themes of the play and its non-linear structure into a visual story with multiple streams of narratives -- race, class, 60s activism, youthful idealism, artistic dreams, family disconnections, and redemption through finding ones voice. Please stay tuned... I plan to update the site as I go along... Thanks as always for following!
And may you always be inspired to be your true authentic, self.