ART FOR ABOLITION
My artwork creates structures that promote possibility and transformation. As part of that vision, I have been involved in the abolition movement in Los Angeles since 2016, as a member of CURB and CCWP and working alongside organizations such as Critical Resistance, Youth Justice Coalition, Dignity and Power Now, Survived and Punished, among others. In 2019, I started People’s Pottery Project, an artist-driven initiative whose mission is to empower formerly incarcerated women, trans, and nonbinary individuals and their communities through the arts.
Art and activism are inextricable at their core, because both provide the vision for transformative ideas that are in the process of coming into being. In fact, art is an essential aspect of the abolition movement as it exists today. #BlackLivesMatter can be seen as an artwork - a performative speech act and a work of social practice created by queer black artists Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi - that has become a platform and an ongoing call for societal transformation.
One of my most fervent hopes has been to find more ways to bring art and the abolition communities together for mutual benefit. Harnessing the resources and access to capital (monetary and cultural) of the art world can empower grassroots movements that are organizing to change the racist, punitive systems of the carceral state. At the same time, those of us in the art world not directly impacted by policing and prisons are can learn from the visions of those who organize against the harm - violence and violent neglect - perpetrated by the state.
To that end, the money from the sale of these works will go directly to fund the abolitionist organizations that are transforming our culture. These works are made from stucco because it is a material used for building new structures. They are a reminder that art is an essential part of people’s everyday lives, and an essential part of how we are collectively creating a future transformed.
Our culture tells us that it values life. If this is true, then we must choose to move away from punishment, policing, sanctioned murder and torture by police and inside prisons, racism, misogyny, the valuing of capital over lives, and all of the related ills that are the bedrock of the prison/policing industrial complex.
To purchase an artwork, reach out to me via the contact link. In love and peace!