I wish to invite audiences into the intersections of my experience as a Black, poor, queer, broken, healing, laughing, loving individual in this world. Being a parent of a teenage Black boy has brought another level of consciousness to my day to day life. Dare I hope for him? Dare I promise my first-born daughter that she can indeed do, be, love in the way she sees fit, free of fear or hatred? I wish I could say yes without reservation. Even though I can’t, I am still overcome by the pride, joy and bliss of being Black.
I am a poet and mixed media artist, who came to art out of necessity, a very primal attempt to stay grounded, stay present and fight mind monsters. My work is a dance with the ghosts of my pasts, and their impacts on my life. When I dismantle materials and reconfigure them, I know that I am conducting the time-honored tradition of so many other women, who gather the bits of refuse the world has left them, weaving them into a tapestry of survival designed to feed our babies and sustain our sanity.
I turned 40 and lost the desire to stay live quietly. My work is the unfolding of my voice, bearing witness to the possibility of life after self-loathing.
Hilltop is my home, and I ain’t leaving.
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Kellie is available for artist’s talks, workshops, readings,
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