The poet Roque Dalton wrote, “Poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” I believe the same is true of art. This ethos was instilled in me while working in socially conscious hip-hop communities in DC and New York and continues to inform my work and my aesthetic. My primary mediums are performance and text, but my work also includes “disembodied performances” through video, photographic studies and recorded audio. Much of my work includes a tangible exchange with the viewer, usually of money, words or physical touch. In this way I hope to make unspoken and invisible codes of behavior and exchange, particularly around gender and race, visible and explicit.