Process-oriented, motivated by Empathy and lateral problem-solving: Dyslexia at its best
My main goal in life is to harness the radical insight of my twelve-year-old self.
Recently, the theme I am exploring in my illustration is "masking," the psychological concept of how we project an acceptable version of self for social survival. I am interested in how "neuro-emergent" personalities are seen through a stigmatized lens of pathology - Yet, these apparent abnormalities could be new evolutionary strengths or super-sensitive reactions to societal toxicity.
I am interested in what it could be like if folx like me, with differently "wired" brains, could lean into our unique traits as strengths from birth rather than expend extraneous energy to fake being average. The next phase is to illustrate answers to this hopeful inquiry.
Through my art Facillitation project "Journal Stew" I aim to empower fellow Earthlings to be fiercely curious, and to remind us that everything carries deep wisdom of its own sort - our self included.
Through Fern Hill Comix, I seek to amplify the obvious and illuminate my chosen axioms, through animal characters that defy social expectations.
2012 bfa Craft/Material Studies, VCUarts (Richmond, VA)
[metals and clay focus: installation work and process/recordation obsession]
Paid Employment history since Art School has been in hands-on manufacturing roles within small-businesses, primarily industrial sewing and marine canvas fabrication. This has supported my combined goal sets of illustration and book creation, nature exploration, and a personal philosophical pursuit of science-based mysticism.
Volunteer Roles performed include ESL tutor for Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, Art Facilitator at the Richmond City Jail with the OpenMinds initiative, Phone banking for Environmental organizations, Treasurer for Contemporary Craft Society in University and others.