This short series provided me with catharsis during a time of change in my life, when I felt isolated and insecure as I found myself straddling an old identity and old ways, and newfound growth.
You Must Have The Mud
The Risk It Took To Blossom
Seeds Of Opportunity
Out Of Its Shell
Personal Garden Of Empowerment
Series of diptychs appropriating illustrations from “The Cabinet of Natural Curiosities”, a book by Albertus Seba.
The Influence of Paper on Color Printing
Primary & Secondary Colors of Light
Absorbity of the Surface
Perception of Color
2017 - ongoing
This femme-inspired series of collages explores the space that women inhabit in terms of the power and authority we hold in society as much as it explores where women take up space. Women have been and continue to be told repeatedly that our voices are not important, our words not valuable enough to be listened to, our existence not good enough to be taken seriously. Instead, we are pictured in various forms of media as incomplete beings; we are much too often treated as sexualized objects that exist for male consumption. Recurring visual themes of disjointed bodies and covered-up faces represent these messages put forth by a patriarchal society. The use of magazine clippings as a medium references the objectifying and sexualized portrayal of women in advertising. All of us, to some degree, internalize this misogyny; it inhabits us.
Baby I'm Just Too Shy
Too Shy (Hats)
Too Shy (Bikinis)
Dangling Moon & Stars
The Pendulum Always Swings Back
Mountain Girl with Flowers
Feminist Florals & more
Paper, magazine clippings, pen
Compositions juxtaposing fun, lighthearted florals with hard-hitting feminist and anti-racist messages. 50-100% of proceeds for these prints are donated to nonprofit organizations fighting for social justice, such as the Global Fund for Women and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
My Body, My Choice
Do Not Tell Me to Smile
Every Body Is Beautiful
Dismantle the Patriarchy
This Is Not For You
Respect Existence Or Expect Resistance
Women's Rights Are Human Rights
2013-ongoing Colored pencils, pen
These portraits pay tribute to musicians and other public figures who inspire me. I also included black and white portraits & illustrations I did for my college newspaper, the Willamette Collegian.
Democratic Socialist nominated for NY-14 congressional district
Lady Gaga (Joanne)
Charlotte Day Wilson
End of the Fucking World
Phoebe Robinson & Jessica Williams
Two Dope Queens
Abbi Jacobsen & Ilana Glazer
Scene in Broad City where a man on the street tells them to smile
Kimchi; RuPaul's Drag Race
Nicki Minaj + Lil Wayne
Looking for participants! If interested, contact me at email@example.com
Affirmations is a series of portraits composed of words of Willamette community members, all of who are diagnosed with mental illnesses. The project started out as a series of candid conversations between each individual and myself in which we talked about our personal experiences, thoughts and sentiments about the experience of living with a mental illness. Out of these conversations emerged a theme: the struggle with stigma and notions associated with it that can create a discontinuity of identity and a sense of guilt. I then asked them to come up with an affirmation, or a phrase they tell themselves that helps them feel empowered in their current experience with mental health. I then used those words to draw their faces with, in an act of reclaiming their identity. In showing the faces together as a series, I intend to raise awareness of the commonness of mental illness and create a sense of community among those living with it.
"The moon has phases and so do I"
"Empathy and apathy"
"Every day I'm closer to new skin"
"At least the cat likes me"
"They are not the Me myself"
"I am not my illness; my illness is not my weakness"
"It's not your fault"
"Nothing lasts forever"
"You are more than what you make. You are more than what makes you"
Read My Lipstick
2014 Black & white 35mm film, multimedia
A series of collages exploring the fluidity of gender and, more specifically, what it means to present as femme. Layered on top of the photographs are fragmented sentences that explore the connotations and challenges of being femme-passing, as well as the overall struggle to be seen for who you really are.
Always be honest with yourself; we make decisions based on what we love.
Feeling insecure obscures the self
Do not tell me what to think
Women and men, we want to be ourselves; be proud.
She seems unsure; would he like her if she appears ugly(?)
2015 Mixed Media
A series exploring how America’s agricultural system exploits people of color. The series was a culminating project that came out of a course called “Creating Stories for Social Change”, but was equally informed by a class I had previously taken called "EcoArt Matters", as well as my experience living and working on an organic farm. I focus on what I learned – large food corporations polluting lower-income areas and not allowing these neighborhoods access to healthy food. The bottom piece focuses on how these corporations pay illegal immigrant workers un-livably low wages and expose workers to harmful pesticides.