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The Journey

- What is my story?
- What has inspired me?
- SKILLS -

Sculpture (3D)

Ceramics

Welding

Mold Making & Casting

Conceptualization of philosophical and psychological ideas and emotions typically drives my work. After many conversations with other artists, I have discovered that this methodology is uncommon. Generally, an artist will initially be inspired by a form or medium, developing a concept to attach to it later on in the creative process, but I find my inspiration in words and what one might consider the monotony of everyday life (which, in my experience, is seldom monotonous).

 

Humanity inspires me on a personal level. I find myself compelled by conversations, intrigued by interactions, and revelated by relationships. Thus far, politics and news stories fail to encourage a piece. I create deep connections with people rapidly, terrified of an end to them. People are beautiful and gruesome toward themselves and others. We are ironic, just as baffling as we are baffled. 

The physical manifestation of intangible topics and themes remains my struggle. I am constantly defining new areas of the human psyche that I want to encapsulate in a work. Yet simultaneously, I question craftsmanship, mediums, form, and overall composition that will invite an audience to consider my perspective. 

I possess an insatiable hunger to make. I desire to make things that people can consume visually, but also from which they can learn. The Art World is a hungry place. It seeks your dreams, and it strikes down your passion with its occasionally elitist disposition. The world is a hungry place. People often scoff and scorn artists who strive to make a life out of passion meanwhile they strive to make a living out of contempt. Humans are gifted at ignorance. To show our intelligence, we must prove another wrong.

I choose to believe that fits of true passion manifest in many ways and forms, all of which we can never hope to comprehend. As artists, I advocate that it is our responsibility to explore the creative process, delve into the human condition, exploit the nature of things, and develop an increasingly greater understanding of ourselves and others that we express to people who cannot or do not do the things we do. 

In conclusion, I am an emerging artist endeavoring to determine my artist voice and style. I am honing craftsmanship skills, acquiring techniques, developing conceptualization capabilities, and experiencing the world as both an artist and a human being.

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The Creative Process

- Where do I begin?
- What are the steps?

As I stated previously, each of my works begins with the content, the meaning behind the work. So far, I have not been motivated by a particular form or medium to create a piece. Essentially, an idea spawns from a song lyric, a line in a poem, a quote, a feeling, an experience, etc. Then I begin to imagine the concept as a physical object, transcribing an idea into matter.

Some works begin with a prompt that leads to a concept. Drown was an undergraduate assignment called the "50-piece project." Sculpture students were challenged with creating a work that contained a minimum of fifty pieces. The pieces could be any material, but there had to be at least fifty pieces. Unaware of the undertaking, and feeling overwhelmed by my first year of college, I chose to use the laser cutter to make small, wooden "petals" that would cover a cardboard armature. The project remained incomplete on the day of critique despite countless hours in the studio. I have resumed the project, and it is currently under construction.

In addition to the 50-piece project, we were also assigned the "chair project." Instead of creating traditional self-portraits, sculpture students endeavored to represent themselves in chair form since the anatomy of a chair corresponds to that of a human. Sunlight Falls Heavy is my chair portrait. I began by thinking about the priority of people taking care of one another combined with the idea that a chair is a place of rest. Furthermore, as people "rest" with us for a moment, they become a part of us, a portion of our identities. I casted my hands in alginate, filled the mold with wax, and then added the wax puzzle pieces. Using Rebound, a silicone-based product, I created the second mold. The demolding process was followed by the addition of a plaster bandage mother mold to maintain the structure of the silicone so it could be filled with Hydrostone. Once the Hydrostone set, I demolded, but I had to recast the thumbs and puzzle pieces, applying them separately. The piece was finished with a coat of rosegold and black acrylic paints.

Life and people are my inspiration. Specifically, individual experiences and interconnectivity drive my work. I am learning to articulate the art theories that inform my pieces and obtaining the skills required to create the artwork about which I feel compelled. There is a severity to this world that many wish to cover up and justify. Exploiting the harm which befalls people due to longstanding conceptions or perceptions forces audience members to be distubed by a too-comfortable society. Languishing in humanity's faults such as greed, selfishness, self-preservation, etc., people find themselves encapsualted by personal agenda and financial gain, forgetting themselves and neglecting others. I invite and implore the audience the consider people as the priority. A world of color is inevitably dulled by a diffusion of caring.

Exhibitions

- Where has my work been shown?
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TASA Artovation Student Show 2022

The Gilded Cage

Eco-Art Exhibition at Pecan Park ("Earth Day at Pecan Park") hosted by Nacogdoches Public Library

All That is Left 

SFA Exhibition at Fire House Nac

The Gilded Cage

May 2022

April 22, 2022

 

November 5, 2021

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