"The Raft" is an exploration of classical aesthetics, race,
and representation. By depicting a black man standing in the same position as Michelangelo's 'David' covered in porcelain, gradually as the clay dries revealing his natural skin tone, it seeks to engage the viewer with the complex dynamics of classical ideals, masculinity, and beauty.

While shooting the work Kaye (who was 'David’), he and I discussed the connection to Théodore Géricault's "The Raft of the Medusa", which added another a historical and contextual layer to the work, especially considering that Géricault's painting featured a central black figure challenging the norms of its time. Thus, we named the series "The Raft" as a homage to this significant historical precedent creating a
bridge between classical art, contemporary reinterpretation, and a dialogue about representation and identity.

I am fascinated with intertwining art, history, and contemporary discourse, offering a fresh perspective on established narratives. The dynamic interplay between the evolving clay, the symbolism of porcelain, and the revelation of the underlying brown skin adds layers of meaning to the exploration of classical and modern themes.