Queering Cane

The Queering Cane series of collages was created specifically in response to Prizm 2017's theme, Universal Belonging. The collages, which were started in sketchbook form in the summer of 2017, explore what it means to be hiding in plain sight as a queer woman in the Caribbean. They employ sugarcane as a call to love and sweetness while the field itself stand as a place of seclusion and discretion, investigating the fears, anxiety, tenderness, and unity queer women of color experience in a place of beauty dominated by legislation that is antithetical to love and compassion.

The collages were exhibited during Prizm 2017 (December 5-17) in Miami during Miami Art Week. On March 24, 2018, the Queering Cane series was the focus of Norton Museum of Art's Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow for Gender and Racial Parity Ladi'Sasha Jones' presentation, "Queer Identities: Black Surrealists Nudes" during the Black Portraitures Conference at Harvard University in Boston. 

"Queering Cane yields a fantastical affect to the realities of the queer woman’s body and bodies in relation to one another, in the Caribbean," Jones said. "Many of her subjects appear ghostly, or fable-like as they perform disappearing acts between the black back-drops they emerge from and the sharp contrasts of the surrounding cane stalks and colorful landscape positioned in the foreground. There’s an abundance of movement throughout the works. No static posturing. Only vivid and intentional compositions of the bodily subjectivity."