g.r.i.t.s. addresses issues of races, class, and identity in the American South. I grew up in a small town in Southern Georgia; as a black woman with more liberal views, I often felt disconnected from the dominant culture I perceived as overly insular and stagnant. Paradoxically, while I felt constrained by the confines of small-town life, I also felt a deep sense of familiarity with the place I called home. This blend of nostalgia and contempt is imbued in my images, which are made lovingly from a diverse range of materials.
Looking back through a satirical lens, I take aim at the characters from my youth, the cultural symbols, and southern vernacular. Not to be dismissed as mockery, I approach each subject with precision and care, exaggerating the truth in order to blur the line between repulsion and beauty. g.r.i.t.s. is a critical yet affectionate meditation on my experiences and memories as a black woman growing up in the deep south.