Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your practice? I studied both photography and journalism at Rutgers University in New Jersey. It was during that time that I really started to use photography as a tool to explore African-American experiences. Early on I was more invested in documentary photography and capturing the nature of things, the essence of people, without the insertion of my own personal experiences.
What first drew you to using hair to explore this subject matter? Going natural and becoming a mother drew me to exploring hair creatively within my work. These experiences created room for critical reflection on beauty, how it’s defined, negotiated and visualised, in my community and outside of it. In my work hair symbolises experiences grounded in blackness and womanhood. We have a relationship with hair that both enables and extracts a sense of beauty. America has a history of setting beauty standards relative to whiteness. My work is significant because it attempts to negotiate new meanings and representations from our collective memories.