In March 2013, I completed a residency with the Please Touch Museum (PTM). The culmination of my work resulted in an installation surrounding the transcultural characters found in McKnight and Garofalo’s Afro Latino Voices: Narratives from the Early Modern Ibero Atlantic World, 1550-1812, and Bristol’s Christians, Blasphemers, and Witches: Afro Mexican Ritual Practice in the 17th Century. With the assistance of PTM’s artist coordinator, Ananda Connolly, and Nextfab Studio, I created three foot tall wooden laser-cut images. These images filtered light therefore creating a double image that correlated to the characters represented in both books.
Following the opening exhibition, I instructed a two-day workshop about light and shadow for children and parents at the museum. This workshop provided museum members insight to my process and artistic trajectory. Each participant was able to experiment with a wide variety of objects and light sources to give them an understanding about the relationship between light and matter. Through the use of large plywood screens and overhead projectors, museum members were able create their own forms of shadow art. Thereby members were able to experiment with light as I do in my own work.