My studio art is a reflection of my personality and creative sensibilities. Over the years, I have worked hard to find my voice as an artist and develop my own unique style. I have made art pieces in several different mediums; watercolor, sculpture, photography, film, and animation are my favorite mediums to work in.
Below is a gallery of my best pieces and brief descriptions about my artistic process.
"Play Me, I am Yours"
This piece was inspired by William Kentridge's art films and by the link between relationships and identity. I really loved the organic and loose quality of Kentridge's "animations". I emulated this by using a lino stamp for the base of my animation. Each frame is a different print of the stamp with its own imperfections. I feel that the close relationships we have with people influence our identities. In a way people are just instruments, waiting for others to make music with them.
"Music Molds Us"
This piece was inspired by the film "Gravity." Specifically the shot where actress Sandra Bullock's character is sleeping in the space station, and she is made to look like a fetus in a womb. I was taken aback by the powerful imagery and I was inspired to make a piece using the same motif. With this piece, I am trying to convey how the art and music we love as children plays an important part in our identities. It influences our worldview and molds our taste in art.
"The Chain Smoker"
In this piece I hope communicate the addictive qualities of artistic expression. Like a cigarette, art is stimulant. It calms me and allows me to compartmentalize my thoughts. It is addicting; the more art I create, the more I crave expressing myself through art. I have become a chain painter. I do not smoke but my father does. If only he was as addicted to art as he is to nicotine. He had a heart attack when I was three. He still smokes.
"Space Cadet" - 2014
This self portrait was inspired by my habit of day dreaming. At any given moment, I can be dreaming of stories or characters to entertain myself and escape the world around me. Most people consider this a bad habit. But day dreaming is part of how I perceive my reality. It is my vibrant and creative interpretation of the world around me.
"I Am An Ocean"
This piece was inspired by one of my teachers. She always asked her students, "would you rather be a puddle or an ocean?" In other words, depth and quality of character is a choice. One that everyone consciously or subconsciously makes at some point in life. I have chosen to be an ocean.
Album Art - Process Images
With this piece, I am trying to convey how the art and music we love as children plays an important part in our identities. It influences our worldview and inspires us to create more art. I communicated this idea through my piece by making the self-portrait in the proportions of a typical vinyl album sleeve and showed the “butterflies of inspiration” bursting forth from my head.
This piece was inspired by the Ebola health crisis. I was moved by the deaths happening in West Africa. I created this sculpture to illustrate the sense of helplessness caused by the lack of resources and education that helped spread the disease. The plaster cast bust is covered in maps of the countries stricken by Ebola. I posed the hands to say "help" in American sign language to further illustrate the suffering of people who have no voice.
Memory Is a Fading Carousel
This piece was partially inspired by the effects Alzheimer’s has on a person’s sense of identity. This piece is a cyanotype print of a photo I took in Chicago Illinois. The photo depicts carousel and Ferris wheel the Navy Pier. The idea of a carnival pier is simultaneously associated with youth and timelessness. The three iterations of the photo represent a memory. The increasing exposure of the photo shows the gradual fade of memory and youth overtime.