A student at the UW Stout University majoring in Studio Art Printmaking.
Currently a resident in Menomonie WI.
I enjoy using silkscreen printing because it has the potential to convey philosophical ideas. By continually learning more about philosophy, I believe that the translation of my ideas is capable of reaching the audience with clarity. With this conviction I hope to express the results of my experience unto audiences with a sense of transparency.
In art, the void is thought of as the element of space. Space can be defined as a continuous area or expanse that is free, available, or unoccupied. In my work, the void is present and is interacted by marks placed within that space. By removing everything else leaving only planes and markings I reinforce this simplicity of waiting rooms to enlighten one’s own placement within the void.
My current body of works deal with my previous use of silhouettes and geometric shapes, in which I contain space and express marks with a language of painting within that space. The goal was to explore the treatment of that space. How space can be abstracted into becoming a character.
My work particularly is associated with a conversation with the void. Currently I feel that the void is a character that we unnoticed. I use visual language to create an abstract void because in philosophy the void is also considered to be absurd and nothingness. My fascination with the absurdity allows me as an artist to invite the philosophical topic into our consciousness, I question the characteristic of relationships to the void and bring light into understanding its existence.
I want my audience to question the nothingness, to ponder their own human existence within this vast enigma. Also, how an individual should approach their own origin, growth, struggle, mortality, and aspirations. I intend the viewer to ponder philosophical questions reflecting from my work.
In some of my work, the audience will identify large use of empty economical space. Other marks I intentionally use are fields of colored planes to represent spaces that allow the monochromatic colored marks to exist upon. With silk screen and mix media, I inventively try to achieve a minimalistic affect to create transparency of philosophical language to the audience.
My influences arrive from the artist such as M.C Escher, who challenged our perspectives with symmetry, reflection, and geometry. Victor Vasarely whose painting methods created compelling illusions of spatial depth. Mark Rothko’s exploration of spiritual emptiness.
With my education of printmaking I create subjects that remove information that muddies conceptual ideas and speak with a tone of clarity of one’s personal philosophy. The purpose of my art follows the core value of printmaking, in which is the transparency of information to the audience. Printmaking has achieved this through repetition of prints. I utilize mono-printing techniques to reveal the importance of “unique value” that prints are capable of.
My art reveals my personal feelings of philosophy and how one resides within nothingness. I draw influences from Existentialism, Essentialism, Nihilism, Absurdity, and Authentically. With this I envision my mark making process to be translated into questioning the void.
N4791 State Rd 25
lot 444 Menomonie WI
Education BFA, Studio Art, University of Wisconsin Stout 2019
Experience (currently) Operator at Phillips Plastic Origin Building, 2016-2018
Applied Arts Student Monitor, 2018
Former Big Dots of Happiness Employee Printer/Converter, 2017-2018 Printmaking Vice-President UW-Stout, 2017 Organize & maintain filed materials.
Adobe & Microsoft software such as Excel, Outlook, and Word.
Fine Art association Member, UW-Stout, 2017
Printmaking Vice President, UW-Stout, 2017
HSSO junior member, UW-Stout, 2017