St. john & Trash, New York, May 2014

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Karliegha, Michigan, Feb 2013

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Situ, Florida, June 2013

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Left Out, Detroit, 2013


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My Family & God, Florida, June 2013

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Untitled, Pittsburg, May 2013

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Gas 76, Los Anglas. July 2015

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Parker Plant, Detroit, 2013

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Miles, New York, Oct 2014

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GreenPoint, Brooklyn, June 2014

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Bus. East Hampton, June 2015

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tompkins Square Park, New York, Oct 2015

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Wash Room Pony Rides, Queens, Feb 2014

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When I began the series Vagabond, I felt as though I was shedding an old skin. I came out at the age of nineteen, and as part of that journey, I had a strong desire to leave home. I starting a pilgrimage from Detroit, lived nomadically around the country until finally arriving in New York. Never feeling as though I had settled and with no roots to ground myself, I naturally sought to find home in the places and people I would meet during this four-year voyage.

In retrospect, the very beginning stages of my creativity provides a foreshadowing of the concerns and preoccupations that would inform the nature of my current work. Emerging from a context of urban decay, which is the set-dressing of my early life in Detroit, I intuitively (or perhaps out of necessity) sought stimulation in the margins. At the same time queerness, my own and the many iterations I found around me, was becoming a new lens through which I saw my work and a powerful vocabulary with which to explain the world around me. As I resisted the predictable limitations of a city in decline, I more rigorously explored the richness of its periphery and the intrigue of its subterrane. I now understand that only after these preliminary investigations in my birth city, was it possible for me to successfully migrate to places beyond and eventually develop Vagabond.

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