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Academic Level at Time of Creation


Date of Creation

Fall 12-16-2022

Artist Statement

For 20 years I experienced physical, emotional, verbal, and mental abuse at the hands of my biological mother. At an early age I had to face the harsh reality of my situation and develop skills that helped me survive day-to-day, but that left me with a very skewed idea of who I was as a person. But the one thing that I knew for certain about myself was that I loved to create. I would write stories and draw characters as an escape, and as I got older I would build bigger and more elaborate worlds to explore until it turned into my passion. Writing and drawing were an intertwined part of me that I could never be without; everything I wrote had to be drawn and everything I drew had to have a story behind it. Introspection: Another World, is my exploration into who I am, both as a person and as an artist. The central piece in this show is a book, entitled “Introspection”, which features a collection of short stories and illustrations that explore themes of identity, family, self-discovery, and trauma. Some illustrations are a visual representation of what is happening in their story while others are more figurative as an emotional response to their story. These illustrations and these stories serve as a place of healing for me, allowing me to look inside myself and explore who I am and what I once was. As an artist, I’m inspired by the world around me, with things like music, and culture, but movement is a big inspiration for me. I find it interesting seeing movement in texture and trying to create a texture out of movement itself. Junji Ito’s illustrations are what I strive for when I’m creating a piece, something that’s very detailed and that’s moving in some way with the lines. Bob Masse is a designer who’s posters combine Art Nouveau and Psychedelic styles with influence from Alphonse Mucha. His line art and figures have been a major inspiration to my practice. With all this inspiration and a mind full of never ending worlds and stories to explore, I’m putting my true self on display in another world.


Gregory Scott Cook; Sarah Martin; Nicole Hand-Bryant; Mike Martin


This exhibition contains works reflect my journey in discovering myself as a person and as an artist. I utilized my skills in traditional illustration with my skills in graphic design to create large scale, digitally rendered illustrations mounted on foam board, as well as a book that ties the illustrations together. The smaller Illustrations are visuals to the stories that I tell, while the larger one's represent my trauma, and the part of my that reminds myself that I'm not good enough.

I want the audience to get lost in the details of my smaller illustrations, and walk away from this exhibition looking at themselves, and know that everyone has that voice inside their head.

Photo Credit

Photo Credit, Gabby Gillette, 2022

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
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Instropection: Another World



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