Nominated by Northern Illinois University. My art deals with things ‘off limits’ to me--I've been harboring the feelings of a child repressed. I am the culmination of years of hard work, of tears and blood, of fights and deafening silences. My work is about what happens when things restricted come lose, intersect: what happens when I’m not just a person, but multiple? When woman becomes not just woman, but black, queer, disabled woman. I explore the idea of inhabitance, of exploring a body and an existence that both is and isn't mine. To the world, I and other black women exist as objects. So through objects, through things I find slices of personal, private feelings, not the kind to be made public but to be kept for myself, cherished. I find pieces of myself. Image: Hanna, 2015.