16. Mosheh Tucker

My practice takes shape through the formation of my own identity. Through paint I render my relationship with the Black body, and through materiality I explore the painting as an object, language, and image. I define my work through my analysis of, and relationship with, Haitian Vodou, as well as many other traditions of African Diasporic peoples.

While making, I think about language and the form it takes. This can be experienced through the pictographic script I developed for Haitian Kreyol, composed of characters representing conditions of the Black body and divine figures of Haitian and African-American culture.

In my work, there is a dialogue between myself and history. Often tumultuous, it reveals itself in the physical process of making. My quest to know more becomes translated through my experimental use of found material. Banging, ripping, and breaking are some of the physical acts that take place in my studio. They reflect my anger and confusion at the vague and unrecorded nature of my ancestral lineage. The history of the Afro-Atlantic is filled with riddles that I must navigate. In the chaos is discovery, where I create narratives that define my work and content.