I am a queer San Francisco Bay Area artist with a BFA from Cooper Union. I explore biological forms, natural phenomena, body, and otherness primarily through oil painting, charcoal, and ink. I received the Michael S. Vivo Memorial Prize for excellence in drawing in 2017 and the Awesome Foundation Grant for Roots and Wings, a traveling installation project, in 2018. Currently I am working on an oil painting and embroidery series about tardigrades called Resilience.
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ILLUSTRATOR + WATERCOLOR + INK
This piece was created for Sarathi’s EP Kaleidoscope. I enjoy working with musicians to create visual representations of their sound. For the ink drawing, I created a portrait of the musician by deconstructing the face using a stylized line pattern. The sections that break up the face reflect the effects of a kaleidoscope. The vibrant watercolor fill mirrors the etherial and warm quality of the music.
Here are the process pieces: ink drawing and watercolor painting on paper. The watercolor fill creates a glowing quality in the face and softens the edges of the broken up face.
OIL PAINTING + INK
I started this piece by filling the space with a figureless body made up of skin folds to evoke the tumorous teratoma. The warm and cool accents in the skin make it ambiguous whether it is a living organism or a corpse. I used a deep, dark blue in the background to compliment the rosy moments in the skin. Once the oil paint layer was fully dry, I went in with black ink to “tattoo” the skin. The patterns used here have been cultivated separately in my past work and now interact with one another.
I enjoy mixing media. In this piece, I nurture the relationship between the flat, single-tone black lines and the dimensional, tonal subtleties of the paint.
This series explores natural phenomena and biological illustration through intricate ink drawings. The biomorphic forms mimic lines and forms found in nature. The body of work is reminiscent of Ernst Haeckel’s scientific illustrations, botanical illustration, and nature’s organic tessellations. My drawings use an abstract patterning style to create a sense of movement and build relationships between the lines. The space becomes both decorative and alive.
These sections of the drawings feature clusters of line patterning. I took inspiration from plant bulbs, seeds and shark eggs for these forms. The hairlike lines are meant to extend and illustrate growth as if roots.