ConTEXT II seamlessly demonstrates the harmonious integration of text and art. When integrated into a piece of artwork, text carries substantial weight and impact, infusing it with greater depth, significance, and sentiment. Whether it's used to express a message, provide additional context, or serve as a visual element, text enriches the viewing experience, making it more vibrant and engaging. It's like a secret language, inviting you to immerse yourself in a world where art and words intertwine.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
thread drawing on cotton fabric
For this series, “Writing Lines,” I referenced a punishment imposed on me during my childhood, which consists of copying a sentence exhaustively to reduce disruptive behavior. My parents believed that if you repeat something enough times, you will begin to believe it and change your behavior.
Key Biscayne, Florida
oil on canvas
Morgantown, West Virginia
hand-pulled, ultra-violet screen print
Lake Country, Canada
egg tempera on masonite board
ATN(Akutagawa Television Network) "Mental Scenery (或精神的風景画)" S1E1-6.
Inspired by six short stories of Akutagawa Ryunosuke who was one of the most famous modern writer in twentieth century in Japan.
Los Angeles, California
This piece is a fiber abstraction of Colonel Vindman's words from the first impeachment trial. He believed that he would be safe testifying because he was certain that “In America, right still matters.” My hope is that these words are and will remain true.
A patient room in the prison medical building (State Correctional Institution - Cresson, PA)
Raleigh, North Carolina
A partial list of the rationale for banning books in public libraries in the United States in 2022, taken directly from the American Library Association website.
Providence, Rhode Island
vinyl on signboard
In this sculptural piece from The Series of Wayward Signs, I use fragments of conversations overheard while navigating directional signs in a busy airport. The signs are now stacked uselessly against the wall, in shades of grey that take on new meaning in our post-pandemic environment.
Saint Louis, Missouri
wood, lead, wax, graphite, punctured paper
A fragile word form, PROTECT formed by puncture wounds, is surrounded by lead sheet. Multiples of the scarred word surround the word US. This work is in response to a hostile sociopolitical environment. The work can be hung in a tight or loose grid configuration.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
ink on paper
Performance art meets sculpture, as artists writes and rewrites "I'm sorry," thousands of times, in a neverending Mobius echoing the cycles of love and intimacy.
North Salem, New York
A visual commentary on the power of media technology to "massage" identities in the Digital Age, an age rife with "Extreme Selves", digital bits of self we leave behind in the cloud and our ending up everywhere and nowhere all at once.
New Haven, Connecticut
The artwork is based on a quote by the psychologist and psychedelic pioneer, Ram Dass, to assist with meditation.
mixed media- oil on wood, arduino circuit
A village of 100 box people arranged in the form of a poem. Each box corresponds to each Korean syllable in the poem. Some of the boxes are made from the wooden scraps that were left over from making the original box people. All of the boxes are painted in colors that resemble natural light.
acrylic on cotton canvas
handwoven cotton, hand-embroidered cotton
This artwork, resembling a hanging scroll, spells "fuck you" in Japanese ("fakku-yū") to address American resistance towards accommodating immigrants, particularly non-English speakers. It prompts reflection on language barriers and cultural assimilation in a subtle yet bold manner.
spray paint on moving blanket
Autobiography and the South inform my work. The conversations between text and material, nostalgia and current politics mix, creating conundrums that I play with and try to reconcile. This piece was created in response to the hypocrisy of new anti trans laws by christian lawmakers in Tennessee. I want to move, but I am stuck.
ink on mulberry, graphite, thread on printmaking paper
laser cut slate chalkboard, chalk
A school shooting is a traumatic event that can cause both emotional and physical scars. Each of these slate chalkboard panels is laser cut with a phrase spoken by either a student, a teacher or a 911 operator during a school shooting that occurred between 2012-2022.
San Francisco, California
52 rolls of toilet paper printed with social media comments and news headlines that document each day of the first year of the pandemic. The size of the font correlates with the number of deaths for that day.
gunpowder and ignited gunpowder on rag paper
The gospel song, "It's Gonna Rain," proclaim that the apocalypse will happen by fire rather than the rains that Noah experienced in the Old Testament story. This message resonates with me as our country endures extreme political polarization amidst a global ecological catastrophe.
mixed media textile on gifted napkins with packing material, fabric, and passementerie
oil on canvas
Cumberland Center, Maine
charcoal, pastel, and digital on paper bag
This piece investigates Colorism within the Black Community and is the result of an interview with the subject, giving recognition to the Paper Bag Test. Specifically, a paper bag was compared to the skin. Social status was contingent upon if the person was lighter or darker than the bag.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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