I am interested in the exploration of race, history and the formation of identity.
Formally trained as a printmaker, I appropriate historical texts and images and utilize print as a trapping for the spectral image. Through print, an image is captured, reproduced and disseminated. For the purpose of critique, ideas are scattered and take root like seeds or diaspore. As an artist of the African diaspora, the media of print is also used an expression of my identity.
My work conceptualizes blackness as spectral, constantly shifting between places of belonging and segregation, from criminal bodies to consumed bodies, from spooks to revenants. History, culture and language document these transformations. Between these shifts, an image emerges that confronts the boundaries of labels and questions the construction of race.
I was born in Detroit, MI. I experienced the impact of racial injustice early in life with the wrongful imprisonment of my father, Walter Swift, when I was just 2 years old. Witnessing his wrongful imprisonment, exoneration and subsequent struggle to recover from 26 years of trauma has marked me. My work is fueled by anger, grief, and a longing for a manifestation of redemptive work.