For several years, the subjects of abandoned buildings, spiritual motifs, and autobiographical elements have been central to my art. Most recent is a series of paintings and photographs of defunct industrial buildings and other sites in my native Atlanta that have been transformed by graffiti writers, whose activities have intrigued me for decades.
Since my teenage years, I have been fascinated by the ways in which buildings that were once significant to my family and community have been transformed by decay and abandonment, and have then become compelling for new reasons. Recently, I became interested in urban exploration, which has afforded me the chance to utilize the interiors of the buildings, rather than confining myself to "safer" street views, as seen in my earlier works.
Though these motifs of decay and abandonment could have been ends in themselves in my work, with their eerie beauty and foreboding feel, I prefer to think of them as catalysts for uplift and hope. What is beyond the rotting door or broken window represents what is possible, albeit veiled or unclear sometimes. The notion of crossing symbolic thresholds, thereby undergoing a spiritual transformation, is a key theme. Building corridors are indicative of the personal journey toward that transformation.
But what is a woman like me doing in places like these? Granted, my "mature" and "professional" demeanor, along with my hopelessly genteel accent, serve me well when conversing with police officers on the subject of trespassing, but I like to prove my "toughness" and "fearlessness" at times, too. Therefore, the notions of age, gender, and social class play into the creation of these works for me personally, even if not readily apparent on the surface.