numbers  (above)

“Numbers” is an ongoing body of work that is both a personal medium study in charcoal as well as an investigation into more abstract rendering, done as part of my exploration into different modes of portraiture. In the series, I strip away most of the subjects’ features and try to ask: what kind of portrait is one undressed of ‘identity-forming’ features? How many of these ‘identity-forming’ features can be removed before a portrait ceases to be a portrait?

strangers from Mexico (above)

In the summer 2019, I spent four weeks on an independent research trip in Mexico, studying female Mexican artists of the 20th century and the 20th century Latin-American art scene.

“Strangers from Mexico” is a pencil drawing series I completed in my time there. The drawings depict civilians I encountered in my day-to-day commute on the streets as people went about their quotidian tasks and errands.

While drawing, I was concerned with the vantage points from which subjects were depicted. I intended to capture faces and bodies at angles which prevent viewers from confronting the subject directly. The subjects are turning away, looking down or up— but are never face-to-face with and or level with the viewer. Through doing so, I endeavor to evoke a sense of the imbalanced narrative being drawn between ‘Mexicans’ and ‘Americans’ in the complex political climate of the United States today. I leave the backgrounds ambiguous in an attempt to reflect the often-incomplete narratives that are perpetuated in the U.S. about those from minority backgrounds.

Painting

the white hole  (above)

In general relativity, a white hole is the reverse of a black hole. From it, energy, matter, and light can escape, but never enter. In this painting, I take this idea and try to explore the feeling of being shut out, the feeling of being definitively unable to cross a metaphorical threshold.

Photography