Semester of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
i didn't know i could is a collection of prose, poetry and collage that work to tell the story of a young girl’s adventure to a parallel realm - aerythia. she discovers that she has escaped from her traumatic reality to a majestic universe she created herself. the collages feature photos from my family archive, handmade paper, hand pressed collages, and found text/images from magazines.
the narrative is a creative exploration of my own traumatic (but not without beauty) childhood truths as well as a reimagining of my unknown ancestry. i am one of many black americans without a succinct, cataloged ancestry and so, i didn't know i could is an attempt to rewrite this narrative, to reimagine my lineage.
the photos featured in these collages belonged to my late grandmother, corene eliza gross.
Peterson, Shakirah, "I Didn't Know I Could" (2022). LSU Master's Theses. 5534.
Ruffin, Maurice Carlos