Drawing

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 this past year. 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 of 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. My process involved photographing and producing preliminary sketches 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