I was born in Detroit in 1969 and raised in the ‘burbs. When I was 11, I interrupted a suicide attempt only to have the gun turned on me. I began making art as a means to navigate that experience. Working across disciplines, I was intuitively drawing schematics, writing poems and creating spaces in which to move. I formed bands that explored these spaces throughout school and struggled with addiction. I moved out west in the 90s and began to interweave personal and political intentions with my art. Though I have taken art classes, I am self and community-taught. I returned to Detroit in 2000 and continued to struggle with addiction until meeting my partner and starting a family. Statement