The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (UReCA) On-Line Publication
University of Alabama
Engulfed in the ideals of being a “young-professional” in Washington, I created this piece eight months after moving to DC. I was inspired by the city colors of springtime to create work expressing my newcomer observations. The blossoms were bright, the people had goals and I couldn’t image living in a more gorgeous metropolis. Initially, this painting consisted of four even district quadrants. But as I unpacked the history of DC, my privilege blindfold began to unravel. This wasn't urban pioneering I saw; it was gentrification.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how disturbing some the skin textures became. Motifs in this series include obsessions with superficiality, sexuality, and procreation as a means of solidifying one’s self-worth and how these obsessions are passed down the maternal line. Important symbols include the chain, which represents domestication or imprisonment, the skull, which represents the death of independence, and the gilded angel, which represents purity or innocence, whether real or perceived.
My Paintings Would Be No Different than a Picture in a Biology Textbook
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
I find that there are innate balances in life, universal dichotomies that permeate our understanding of the world. My paintings are about a duality such as this that exists between art and science.
National Collegiate Honors Council
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0627