An exploration of poetry, text, and color through a series of writings. This work explores my own internal conflicts, as I navigate through what it means to be  identified as  and  forced to self-identify  as African American. It also explores the ways in which my relationship with racial identifiers, the construction of race, and the history of African Americans has lead to a journey to discovery, within the contemporary navigations of post-colonial life as a slave descendent, black woman in America.  The name of the project, Saudade, derives from Portuguese. The term has many meanings, but it most often used to describe a melancholic feeling of nostalgia; possibly for something that has never occurred. The word has many meanings, especially in reference to this body of work; but I invite the viewer to explore what it means in reference to this work.

An exploration of poetry, text, and color through a series of writings. This work explores my own internal conflicts, as I navigate through what it means to be identified as and forced to self-identify as African American. It also explores the ways in which my relationship with racial identifiers, the construction of race, and the history of African Americans has lead to a journey to discovery, within the contemporary navigations of post-colonial life as a slave descendent, black woman in America.

The name of the project, Saudade, derives from Portuguese. The term has many meanings, but it most often used to describe a melancholic feeling of nostalgia; possibly for something that has never occurred. The word has many meanings, especially in reference to this body of work; but I invite the viewer to explore what it means in reference to this work.

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 An exploration of poetry, text, and color through a series of writings. This work explores my own internal conflicts, as I navigate through what it means to be  identified as  and  forced to self-identify  as African American. It also explores the ways in which my relationship with racial identifiers, the construction of race, and the history of African Americans has lead to a journey to discovery, within the contemporary navigations of post-colonial life as a slave descendent, black woman in America.  The name of the project, Saudade, derives from Portuguese. The term has many meanings, but it most often used to describe a melancholic feeling of nostalgia; possibly for something that has never occurred. The word has many meanings, especially in reference to this body of work; but I invite the viewer to explore what it means in reference to this work.
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An exploration of poetry, text, and color through a series of writings. This work explores my own internal conflicts, as I navigate through what it means to be identified as and forced to self-identify as African American. It also explores the ways in which my relationship with racial identifiers, the construction of race, and the history of African Americans has lead to a journey to discovery, within the contemporary navigations of post-colonial life as a slave descendent, black woman in America.

The name of the project, Saudade, derives from Portuguese. The term has many meanings, but it most often used to describe a melancholic feeling of nostalgia; possibly for something that has never occurred. The word has many meanings, especially in reference to this body of work; but I invite the viewer to explore what it means in reference to this work.

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