The Beauty of South Dallas
The process of capturing the beauty that is an individual's spirit has always been very intriguing to me. The art of storytelling has always influenced my multimedia artwork, and for that I’m grateful. My eagerness and love for the world and others have pushed me to produce a body of work highlighting environmental spaces, communities, and individual muses. When I started working on the project that I’ve titled The Beauty of South Dallas, Capturing the Now Before the Future, I was excited yet nervous about where to begin.
South Dallas is a large area, and I wanted to make sure to capture the essence of the land. I was incredibly thrilled about being given the opportunity to create under the Juanita Craft House Artist Residency, which is supported by the South Dallas Cultural Center. Learning about Juanita Craft's life and history was truly extraordinary. I was thrilled by her mission to help heal others and her political activism during the
Civil Rights Movement.
Both the people and the land of South Dallas are beautiful. Many of the older buildings represent the struggles some people have faced growing up here, and, to me, that defines strength. Many areas within South Dallas are being developed, and I fear gentrification. My goal was to capture the current South Dallas before the future arrives because the people and places of today's South Dallas are quite beautiful and unique indeed.