With degrees in history and art, a love of archival research and a passion for bringing inclusiveness to our understanding of the past, my commissions and personal projects bring historical figures to life using rigorous scholarship, artful storytelling and interactive digital techniques. A few examples:
An American in Rome
Mary Edmonia Lewis (ca. 1844 – 1907) was an American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome, Italy. She is the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve international fame and recognition as a sculptor in the fine arts world. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture. For my inaugural Artist Residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, created 29 short films on historical figures, landscape and shifting ideas about death and afterlife. This is one of them. Press Coverage
Clash of Cultures
For my Artist Residency at Harvard Forest, I created "First Contact: Puritans, Native Americans and the Clash over Land in the 17th Century" - a multimedia (film, photography, sound design and historic voices) meditation on deadly, irreconcilable differences about land use. Created ten impressionistic short films, a gallery of photographs, and researched historical documents in England and America. Retained English actors to voice-over 400 year old letters in Original Pronunciation; and a Native American actor to voice-over American Indian testimonies. Resulting multiscreen presentation was exhibited at Harvard's Fisher Museum of Forestry. Press Coverage
A love story of historic proportions
Commissioned by King Boston to create America’s first narrative-style documentary project about how college students Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott met, fell in love, and dreamed a new world together in 1950’s Boston. This multiplatform 4K documentary project includes a broadcast TV documentary, online website content and interactive multimedia installation. Summer 2019.