These illustrations started as an exploration of style and digital art. Their simple shapes and mod design made me want to turn them into little cards. These greeting cards come in packs of 5 and can be purchased here.
The first piece in a series of blind contour drawings inspired by Joan Linder's observations of her kitchen sink. A four day long recording of my reflection as I woke up every morning.
This piece developed from looking at how spaces define our actions. I chose to focus on spaces with mirrors, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. Particularly in the dorm setting, we are faced with our own reflection when we wake up every morning, and we are pulled away from whatever internal ideas might be developing in our minds, to external ideas about our facial features - positive and negative and in-between. Mirrors are placed above every sink nearly forcing us to look at our faces, leaning in closer inch by inch to asses the progression of a blemish or criticize the unforgiving growth of hair in unwanted places. As humans, we all have certain physical features that help us survive, eyes, nose, mouth, skin, so why does it matter what our means of sense and survival look like?
Regardless of what the countless influencers of body image may be, I wanted to see how I could change my own image of my face. Is it possible to change what we see when we look in the mirror - how much is within our mind? I used the style of blind contour drawing to represent how little - or how much, if we look at expression - our faces communicate about ourselves. Blind contour drawings don’t rely on a perfect rendering of the subject, and they use lines in a singular way that differs from traditional renderings.
This piece is a start to what I had in mind. Moving forward, I would like to draw other parts of my body and also incorporate a the reflective surface I’m using to display how the viewer views the piece.
Family of Forms
The external stimuli of our environment seem to consume much of our attention. So consumed with our surroundings, we often forget to look within and to make time for introspection. To fully understand our surrounding environment though, we must look within, for each of us as individuals help to make up the surrounding environment. We are as much a part of it as we are a part of ourselves. I wanted to provide the opportunity for us to take a moment to consider our our internal structures. Pondering our concrete internal structures can be used as an avenue for more abstract introspection.
I created three organs that help to make up our autonomic nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system is responsible for the control of bodily functions that are not consciously directed, such as breathing (lungs), the heartbeat (heart), and digestive processes (stomach). This incredible system works without our conscious thought, but there is much to be gained by having a greater consciousness and awareness of it. Through growing more aware of our autonomic nervous system, we might further grow to appreciate it.
A Celebration of Interconnectedness
Historical Contemporary Vessel
This vessel was inspired by the Blue Pottery of Jaipur that was often decorated with animals, birds, and flowers. Blue Pottery of Jaipur pieces are too fragile to be used as function ware and I wanted to expand off of this idea of creating something simply to appreciate its beauty. I wanted to tie the fragility of the piece in with the surface design to address the fragility of nature and the beautiful balance of all living things. This piece explores the present day notion of nature - how the current society views nature, how we respect or disrespect it, and especially our connection to it.
Pottery is typically functional, just as many things in nature are used for some purpose, but I wanted to create a piece that wouldn’t be functional in an attempt to remind us to appreciate the beauty of nature and not only see it as a means for our improvement or growth. Humans are highly connected with the rest of the natural world and depend so much upon it, let us remember to celebrate these beautiful symbiotic relationships.
I took the opportunity to practice a more detailed application of overglaze with this platter. I applied underglaze and then carved three floating whales into still leather hard clay. Once bisqued, I added more detail with overglaze.
Unlikely Life Blossom
Body of Work
This body of work explores the beautiful and unlikely moment in history when we went from tiny bags of chemicals to the menagerie of living things all around us. Directly inspired by a podcast from Radiolab called Cellmates that explores the moment when two cells managed to merge and spur a grand step in evolution. This is a single evolutionary theory, however the unlikeliness of this possibility gave me pause and appreciation for whatever may have transgressed in one moment millions of years ago.
The nesting nature of the pieces simply represents cells within cells and the natural depictions on each of the pieces illustrates different flora and fauna that have emerged because of this unlikely blossoming of life.
This platter was used to test glazing with majolica. After applying the glaze, I used majolica overglaze to apply a pattern. The cup and boul were made using a similar technique.
STEMpowerkids was a startup founded by Addisah Sherwood-Ajiboye, in collaboration with Flashstarts Startup Accelerator, that provided STEM projects & activities to promote children's curiosity, creativity, & comfort-ability with STEM. This design was used as a stamp for project packages as well as for business cards and other promotional materials for the company.
Carrie & Clayton's Wedding Graphic
The incredible and oh so wonderful @ooolalaw and @clayton.moves are getting married! In their typically far from typical fashion, they are going to have custom screen printed t-shirts at their wedding, and I was lucky enough to create the design. So excited for the big day!