I am 22 years old and currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a bachelors degree in graphic design. My expected graduation is in the fall of 2017.
I am a graphic designer who creates complex and detailed geometric visuals. By layering and weaving shapes or images together, I create intricate patterns that are either stand-alone objects or repeat into void-like optical illusions. The pieces mainly consist of black and white and monochromatic colors, varying between being visually complex or minimal. My work is meant to convey a sense of calmness by displaying formal and organic shapes, usually pushing back farther and farther into the image with mesmerizing repetition to create a tunneling affect. The use of black and white stripes is a reoccurring element in my work that not only helps lead the viewers’ eye across the picture but also creates an optical illusion. The theme that appears in my art deals with my constant experimentation with visual texture and patterns and the balance between organic representations and geometric shapes. I am constantly gathering new inspirations and discovering better ways of illustrating my ideas; hardly ever do my newest pieces directly resemble my previous ones.
My piece Optical Bouquet shows most of the common attributes that are in my work. The black and white stripes that fill the image shrink towards the center by repeating further and further away from the objects in the foreground. The objects closest to the viewer are clusters of cubes; each individual one being suspended between identically sized panels on every side. Repeating these shapes around the inner circle centered on the image, a bouquet of digital flowers takes form. With the sharp texture of the flowers paired on top of the bending corners of the canvas, the eye begins to circle the image. The creation process began with a sketch of the cubes that was later scanned in and digitized. After creating the final shape with both Photoshop and Illustrator, I designed the black and white background that it would sit on top of. The final product is 20x20 inches in digital form and has been both posted online on social media and printed in multiple sizes.