This piece is depicting my own feelings of growing up, and feeling like I was not capable of handling my own responsibilities. Because of the pandemic I felt fatigued in handling points of stress, so much so that taking care of the most basic elements of living such as bathing and feeding myself was too much to handle. In many ways, this was a way of reminiscing the days of childhood when it was someone else’s responsibility to take care of my most basic needs. This painting highlights how many times I do not feel like an adult, but rather a tall child.
This piece was an assignment that was to take a piece of art that already existed and to give it a historical update. I chose Grant Wood’s American Gothic as the piece to update. My understanding of the original painting was a statement of rural living, values, and family. Through this understanding, I wanted to make my own statement about how our culture’s understanding of family values has changed, and to depict non-traditional families. Not only am I trying to poke fun at the title of the original piece, but to also state the opposite of the rural values, and something with a completely different attitude.
This piece is depicting my experience of dating. For many years, I was unaware that dating was meant to be fun or meant to make you feel good. It wasn’t until I started dating my current partner when I learned that dating can be joyful. This piece depicts me minutes before a date, dreading what is to come. I wanted to express the nerves one might feel before a date, but these nerves are not one of excitement, but rather doom. This piece marks a big step in my own personal transformation, learning what love is supposed to feel like.
These images really showcase my printmaking abilities. Though I consider myself a painter, my prints are a huge part of my work, and often allow me to experiment with different art styles and concepts.
This piece allowed me to explore the theme of time, a concept that I explore a lot in my work. Though there is prominent text in this piece, my main concern was to play with positive and negative space.
This is my first piece in my Creation series. Before making this kind of art, all my art was representational, focusing mostly on portraiture. It wasn’t until I went on a trip to Seattle with the Art Department when I got the idea to make my Creation series. On the trip we went to the Asian Art Museum, and I got to see many artifacts, which deeply inspired me. Through this inspiration, I aim to make art that looks ancient and futuristic, allowing me to make my own artifacts. This has become my primary form of artmaking, and it has been extremely fulfilling.
This piece is based on a poem by Laura Gilpin called Two-Headed Calf, a poem that encapsulates the feeling of peace before a catastrophe, and feelings of abnormality.
These next three paintings come from my first series, where I explore and unpack my own experiences from my teenage years. Exploring these themes was challenging and emotionally draining, so it is often hard for me to look back at them. With that being said, these pieces are some of the last representational and figural paintings I have made, and they mark the end of an era in my own artmaking. Though they represent something darker, I look at these paintings fondly, and see them as a landmark in my artist journey.
This piece was the first of the series, and it really captures some of the more general aspects of my experience in high school. I wanted this painting to seem dark and surreal so I used unusual symbols and objects to try to communicate all the awkward, lonely, and sad feelings that are common in anyone’s high school experience. While I wanted to make general statements about the teenage years of many people, my work in this series has always been extremely personal as I incorporate symbols that only I know the true meaning of.
In this painting, I wanted to capture my experience with having a difficult relationship with my birthday. In this particular piece I am lamenting the absolute failure that was my 15th birthday. That summer was one of the loneliest of my life, I had no friends, and spent most of my days alone in my bedroom. That summer was when I started questioning my identity. All of my feelings of loneliness and questioning cumulated on my birthday as my mom and dad were the only two people present at my party, my siblings didn’t even bother showing up. I sobbed at the dinner table while eating my cake. I look back at that day and can still feel the pain that my 15-year-old self felt, and wished someone could have been there who understood.
This piece was one of the hardest to make and details some extreme events and bullying that happened to me in high school. At the bottom of this painting, I photo transferred some articles and social media comments that targeted my family. Prior to making this piece, I never had the heart to look at these comments. It challenged me in a way that felt uncomfortable, but I wanted to face it head on, and take back control of the situation.
These images are from my most recent series, exploring themes of time, humanity, and creation. These paintings mark a new era and style of artmaking that I look forward to continuing to explore.
This is the third piece in my Creation Series, where I explore concepts of time, creation, and the earth. My biggest concern while making this painting was to make it look ancient and futuristic at the same time. The texture that I achieved through adding spackle to the painting was to make it look like my design was a carved stone relief. While each of the symbols in this piece mean something to me, I wanted to give the impression that I was paying homage to the earth, as echoed in my title. The concept of this series comes from my own personal struggle with coming to terms with the climate crisis. If I can think of civilization somehow prevailing in thousands of years, and the types of art that will be made when humanity starts over, it gives me hope that not all will be lost.
This painting is the fourth piece in my Creation Series, and has a different tone compared to my previous painting. In this painting, I wanted to focus on making a futuristic composition through the symbols and the color choice. I wanted to vaguely replicate the colors that may be present in a projection, and contrast painterly strokes in the negative space, with the mechanical nature of my design. Much of my design inspiration for this series comes from symbols found in pre-historic cave paintings, artist such as Joaquin Torres-Garcia and Tim Ely, and other forms of geometric abstraction.