"I'm an artist currently based in Maryland, outside of DC, although that will change within a few months. I lived in Brooklyn for a year and really didn’t like it, so I moved back home."
How did you become interested in photography & art?
When I was 5 I wanted to be an archeologist and that quickly shifted into wanting to be an artist, even though I had no idea what it meant at the time. My dad always took beautiful photos and I followed him around asking a lot of questions. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I really began creating and understanding how vital it was for me to make art.
Where do you find inspiration for your art?
Currently, within houseplants, goldfish held inside plastic bags. I grew up surrounded by houseplants, and it wasn’t until I moved to new york that I realized how much I miss them. As for the goldfish, I’m currently in Taiwan, and at the night markets, you can pay less than a dollar to play a game to catch fish of all sorts. A lot of little kids end up carrying them inside plastic bags to take home as pets. back in Maryland, we have a little goldfish that you can actually pet. He lives amongst water lilies and will let you hand feed him.
What is your creative process?
It’s quite intuitive and transient. I've shifted my focus from photography to fibers and soft sculpture. for most of my life I’ve had the mindset of being a photographer, but after a year in art school, I had to take a break from photography. Over the summer, the two things I most enjoyed were biking to meet friends and teaching myself how to weave. Most of my projects always evolve, and so far my best way to deal with any creative lull is to just constantly work until something feels right.
Can you tell us about the artwork/photos you provided us to feature?
I started doing these tiny little drawings every day over the summer, and it was mostly some sort of therapeutic impulse exercise. A few of my friends really liked them, and one of them actually thought I was drawing faces.
The giant weaving is an abstracted self-portrait focusing on tension and rigor. I found a giant mirror frame one day and brought it back to my apartment with the intention of fixing it. It hung on my wall for a few months, and on my last day in New York, I began weaving on it like a loom and finished it back home in Maryland. If you know me in person, it’s quite an accurate depiction.
The photos are part of an ongoing series that I haven’t quite figured out yet