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A UNIQUE LENS
Welcome to Tongue Tied. We strongly believe that the human condition relies heavily on a compendium of experiences. Those experiences construct the lens through which we view the world and those in it. Any hope of changing the status quo requires us to look at the world through a completely different lens than our own.
As an immigrant to the United States, the language barrier and my dark complexion have always been challenges. I live between those who believe they "understand" and those who don't even acknowledge my existence ( knowingly or out of ignorance). People feel they understand something, or someone and therefore are connected.
Arguably that need for connection, significance, and ultimately knowledge is never attainable. There is a miscomprehension of what the word "understand" means which has led to its commodification. People use the word to feel they can move on because they've gained something. I am not innocent of this practice. I used to believe that the moment I learned to speak English, I would no longer be an outsider. I would belong! People would "understand" my experiences, my struggles, and dreams. I fell trap to the myth of understanding, this fluid and vast changing state of the human experience.
Understanding is a journey that never ends. My art allows me to look and feel the world in a different way. I tackle issues regarding race, femininity/masculinity, and perspective. Where words weren't sufficient my art has allowed me to translate what I have experienced, learned, and am still learning.
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