A colorful painting of Savers thrift store
A colorful painting of Savers thrift store
BFA in Drawing and Painting
Chicago, Illinois

What is your major and how did you choose it?

My major is Drawing and Painting. I chose it because it seemed like the best fit for me. I have a lot of artistic interests, but my first love will always be painting. I love the physicality of it, and the deep historical roots. 

What kind of sustainably-focused projects have you worked on and/or are currently working on?

I’ve recently been learning how to dye my own fabric using plants and other natural materials. I’m thinking a lot about how humans interact in the global ecosystem, specifically how many people try to remove themselves from nature, or view themselves outside of it. My goal right now is to re-establish my connection to nature as an animal, and incorporate more natural/sustainable products into my practice, and to replace some of the harsh synthetic materials I’ve worked with in the past. 

What inspires you?

Seeing the work of my classmates and the work of other artists inspires me the most. When I get into an artistic rut, it’s most likely because I’m trying too hard to be original, or because of a wave of imposter’s syndrome. But when I see the art of others, it renews my desire to create and interact with other artists. 

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made? Describe it!

My favorite piece I’ve made recently is a self-portrait I made for my Critical Studies class. The theme of the painting is nostalgia for my childhood in these crazy times and wishing I could return to the naive headspace where all I wanted to do was play pretend in the backyard with my sister. The painting has lots of purples in it, (my favorite color as a kid) and is full of flowers, lace, and fairy stickers. It was a lot of fun to work on, I really just let myself be a child, I viewed the making process as a form of play. 

How do you incorporate sustainability into your everyday life? What advice do you have others to do the same?

I try my best not to use single-use plastics, I think that that’s the best thing a consumer can do at this moment in time. Plastic is super convenient and I’m still guilty of using quite a bit of it. But I think it’s worth giving a strong effort to lower plastic usage, as it will probably be the biggest ecological legacy the average consumer of today will leave behind. Try using glass containers or old jars for food & beverage/paint/anything-you-want storage!