neutral-colored collage featuring dried reeds stiched into paper and fish, both photo and hand-drawn, over a textured white swirling background
mixed media, 19″ × 12″, 2019

The Estuary and Reeds in Milk with Wells live in a hand-bound journal of multi-media collages called Gifts of Winter. These works—along with the other pages in the book—use an abolitionist lens to ask questions about BIPOC and queer people’s forced separation from—and ultimate belonging to—the sea and its saltwater ecologies. My sources are found objects and photographs of the coral reef south of Bimini, Bahamas where I work on a boat with three other white people. Through deep relationships back home in Durham, NC, I practice a creative self-interest in dismantling white supremacy culture, specifically around connection with water.