Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2022
My passion to express myself through visual art is a paramount part of who I am and how I aim to focus my attention in my undergraduate studies and my desired career as an art teacher. I believe that engaging in bodies of work that focus on social and environmental issues allows me to explore and engage in other world issues that I am passionate about, and receiving financial aid to pursue my creative desires in this way definitely gives me an advantage to not only create issues that I’m eager to bring to life, but also gives me the opportunity to explore different artistic techniques and styles in my undergraduate career. My body of artwork, titled Fault, seeks to highlight issues of climate change in the 21st century. My creative practice includes processes that are similar to artist Bruno Pacheco. Like him, I combine preliminary work and research, like sketches, with internet imagery and memory, and produce them on a larger scale. For myself, the visual experience of a canvas that is nearly as tall as the viewer allows for the visual information to be a viewing experience rather than simply reading it as an image. My compositions also include vibrant and rich colors, as well as expressive brush and palette knife work that is almost impossible to ignore, similar to the ways in which the issues that I’ve portrayed in my canvases, like plastic, water, and air pollution, should be impossible to ignore in a real world setting.