I seek alternative visions of what success means as a creative person. By doing so, I give myself permission to pursue work that is political and community-centered. I make art that directly connects with activists where I live, those I proudly stand with on the streets and in the meeting halls. This shift has infused me with renewed determination, endless motivation and an urgency that parallels our political reality.
I am an artist and a teacher. I believe it is the duty of educators, and educational institutions, to provide alternatives to the predominant culture of success.There is no one solution, one answer, one best way to live a fulfilling, creative life. We need every form possible. This starts in the classroom. This starts with what we make. This starts with how we interact with the communities in which we live.