BFA | Sculpture
I am a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture. I grew up in Los Angeles and currently live in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon. Other than folding paper, I have a passion for singing, and I love to play the piano, go swimming, travel, and make jewelry. After graduation, I plan on undertaking artist residencies for a year and then applying to graduate school to eventually become an art professor.
The artist I most admire is Olafur Eliasson, and his use of geometric structures and lights influences my work. Last summer, I traveled to Korea and Thailand to visit Buddhist temples and live alongside Zen Buddhist monks. I learned about the significance of meditation and mandalas, which inspired my thesis.
I am interested in the intricately layered relationships we build with the world around us. My work aims to draw attention to these relationships through the investigation and creation of repetition, a repetition found in religion and mathematics, both spiritually and logically. By repeating geometric patterns in my art, I create moments in which these interactions become transparent, and the repetition becomes the viewer’s main focus.
Visually drawn to geometric tessellations formed by mathematically symmetrical structures, I find complete clarity when creating them. This sense of orderly structure is depicted by placing great value on precision in my manipulation of paper. This manipulation emphasizes idealistic order in contrast to the irregular chaos that surrounds us regularly in our lives.
Through working with paper, I found a conceptual correlation between my way of making and Buddhist practices. My process of folding paper and amending its surface requires repetitive, tedious actions, similar to sacred Buddhist rituals of meditation, bowing, and repetitive acts of suffering through bodily actions. There is also a parallel between my intention and the destination from the practice of Buddhism—both help the mind seek clarity amidst chaos. My sculptural forms embrace interaction, communication, the environment, and repetition of mark—all themes found in Buddhist practices in the search for enlightenment and clarity.
I see paper as a material embedded with clarity; the adaptable quality of paper speaks to my desire to create control amidst layered chaos. Its strong yet ephemeral quality emphasizes fleeting moments frozen in constant reflection. I use this material as a way to unify my visual language and continually investigate my curiosity in mathematically derived structures with predictable qualities and consistent geometric compositions.