Born in 1992, and raised in Midland, TX, migrated to the great up north in 2014. Received my B.A in Art and B.A. in English, from the University of the Permian Basin. I have continued my education at the University of Minnesota Duluth, in order to receive my B.F.A with an emphasis in Sculpture and Ceramics. I hope to be able to continue my art in ceramics after graduation in my own pottery studio.
It’s hard not to make a name for yourself, when your professor tells you that you’ve basically given him the finger during your critique. When specifically told not to build a chair, I decided to completely rebel by building a chair, not just a chair, but a child’s captains chair. I’m often known as the quiet girl in class, who doesn’t talk to anyone, and follows the rules. Yet, when it came to my art, I found a voice. I rebelled. I’m quiet, but I’m stubborn, I know what I want, and I do it. That critique and comment motivated me to continue to rebel in my art, and taught me that even if it isn’t allowed, to continue to push harder and harder, because in the end it’s going to be your art, not the professor’s.
My work focuses around the theme of being “fun, interactive and playful.” My child’s captains chair, while I focused on the functionality of the piece, because it was made for a child, the idea of being fun and interactive remained an underlying theme. This same theme continues through to my current work in ceramics, in my candy series.
My art isn’t what I would call beautiful or classic, but rather quirky and my own. I’m confident in my marks, and in my form, and that, since the beginning of my art career, has established my art, as my art. I don’t focus on form, in the sense that it must be perfect, I focus on my form as an idea, that there is enough information provided to understand what it is I have created. I’m OCD, and I strive for perfection in the “real world,” yet, when it comes to art, I lack perfection and the ability to be perfect. I know my work isn’t perfect, most often far from perfect. Nevertheless, my lack of perfection in the “art world,” I have learned to work with not as weaknesses, but as strengths to my own self.
I chose art, not because I wasn’t good at anything else, but because I enjoy art. It’s a lot of hard work, with many hours spent in the studio during class, as well as multiple hours outside of class. Art projects, aren’t like a paper where you can finish it in one night, and it still sound good, or tests you can study for and pass. No, art is something that takes time, lots of time. And it’s not easy, you more than likely can’t pull it off in just one night, because your audience will know, you will know. You can’t study how to paint, sculpt, throw, print, and hope to pass. You have to practice, and practice, and continue to practice your art, and only with that practice will you get better. That’s what I love about art, it’s demanding, it’s challenging, it’s never ending. It doesn’t come easy for me, I constantly struggle and become frustrated to a point unimaginable. Yet, in the end I have created something that may not necessarily be beautiful or classical looking, I have created something of my own.