Personal Artwork

My goal as an artist is to learn as much as I can regarding various artistic methods as well as art history. I want my skills and knowledge as an artist to be constantly growing. I want to be the best I can be for my students as well as myself.

Art is not a subject that should be looked down upon in schools. It has just as much value as athletics and the core content areas. Through my work, I want to show how valuable and important art is. I want my audience to know that art is beneficial for personal and educational purposes.

I would like to continue taking art classes on my own time and study more art history on my own time as well. By continuing my education, I will be a better teacher and my artwork will benefit as well. I want to work art history into my lessons so my students will know how art has impacted the world. I also want to do collaborative lessons with teachers in other content areas to show how art is seen in other aspects. This will help my students see the value in art and how it relative in the subjects. I want art to help my students to discover more about themselves as well. They might uncover a talent they didn’t realize they had or discover an issue or culture they are passionate about.

Overall, I want my students to enjoy their experience in my class. I want them to enjoy learning about and creating art.

 

Powerful to the Powerless

2017

Mixed media collage

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“Powerful to the Powerless” portrays the trickle down effect made popular during the Reagan era and then presented during Donald Trump’s presidential debate. The rich society holds the upper-hand, releasing funds to the lowest part of society. Despite promises from above, the reality for many on the low-end of this effect realize that the funds that they work day in and day out for are mere pennies when compared to the earnings of their counterparts.

 

Plant Still Life

Acrylic

2016

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Transfiguration

Mixed media collage

2016

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This piece was created to bring attention to police violence against African American in the United States. The faces in the composition are made up of victims of police violence, and the book pages in the background are from Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates who writes about racial issues. I collaborated with another art student on this piece, and we used a gun to actually shoot the artwork and we displayed the casings as well as glued the bullets in the collage.

 

Whimsical Cat Sculpture

Clay and metal

2015

This sculpture was created using both clay and metal. It consists of earthy colors and is made in an organic style because it is meant to be displayed outdoors. The intent was for the cat to look abstract and whimsical.

 

Untitled

Mixed media collage

2014

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This piece was created for my sister’s classroom. She teaches middle school language arts, so I wanted to incorporate literature in the piece. To achieve this, I decided to incorporate book pages into the piece. This piece is one of my first pieces that got me interested in incorporating books into collage.

 

The Journey is Home

Mixed media collage

2015

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The piece was created for the Marian University Writing Center. The text in various languages represents both the theme of the Writing Center as well as people around the world. This concept shows that no matter your background, you can feel at home wherever you are in the world and feel connection to other cultures and people. This is an interactive art piece as well. Students use push pins and pin a location on the map that have been that meant a lot to them.

 

Watercolor Landscape 2

Watercolor

2016

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Watercolor Landscape 1

Watercolor

2016

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These are two of my very first watercolor paintings. They both include cool and soothing colors to create a feeling of ease for the viewer. I wanted the painting to be peaceful and calm to the viewer like how they were peaceful for me when I was making them.

 

Brinksie

Black and white digital photo

2014

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I took this photo in 2014 for one of my photography classes. We were assigned to take portraits, so me and a couple other classmates went to downtown Indianapolis and took photos of homeless people. That is where we met this woman and her cat, Brinksie. In 2015, I entered this photo in Photographer Forum’s international “Best of Photography Contest” and it won honorable mention.

 

Poor Homeless Students

Black and white digital photo

2014

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Kitten in a Pot

Color digital photo

2014

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The kitten was placed in the pot to show how tiny it was. This photo is meant to bring happiness to the viewer.

 

Left, Right, Or Neither?

Mixed media collage

2015

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For years, people have believed that one hemisphere of the brain is very logical, and that the other side is very creative. This idea has lead people to believe that when you are drawing, performing, or playing an instrument, you are using the right hemisphere of your brain, and when you are writing, solving a math problem, or reading, you are using the left hemisphere of your brain. In reality, there is no scientific research to back these statements. These false ideas have affected the way we view ourselves and how we learn or teach. That is why I wanted to visually show the difference between the neuromyth, and the reality of the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

First, I created an image before conducting any research on this topic. I made a portrait of a girl with thoughts coming out the left side of her head, and thoughts coming out the right side of her head. I put more creative thoughts (music, paint splatters, and art) on the left side,and more logical thoughts (reading, math, and photos of students studying) on the right side. One thing wrong with this image was that I should have put the creative thoughts on the right side and the logical ones on the left side according to the myth. There is an obvious separation between these two hemispheres regardless.

The research I discovered proved my previous research to be false. There was an experiment done to a large number of people. While these people were at rest, their brains were scanned to see where most of their brain activity was. The results showed that a balanced amount of both hemispheres were active. A cognitive neuroscientist even said that we use both hemispheres of our brain in nearly everything we do.

I also discovered that many teachers teach their students based off this myth. They teach according to what they believe their dominant hemisphere is. With that being said, most educators teach in a more logical way because they believe that is what their brain’s stronger area is. In reality, no teacher should base the way they teach of this myth. Instead, they should just make sure to teach in a way that appeals to their students and their needs (visual, auditory, and hands-on).

After going through all of this research, I created my second image. Again, I made a portrait of a girl with her thoughts, but this time I used no separation. I also didn’t limit specific activities to one hemispheres. I included math, art, and reading on both sides.
I believe that the reality created a much better image than the myth. I saw many images on the internet that depicted images of the brain based of the neuromyth. It was great to finally create an accurate visual of the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

These were the sources I used for the research of these pieces:

Lombrozo, Tania. “The Truth About The Left Brain / Right Brain Relationship.” NPR. NPR,      n.d. Web. 03 May 2015.

Novella, Steven. “Left Brain – Right Brain Myth.” Science-Based Medicine. Science Based Medicine, 06 Aug. 2014. Web. 03 May 2015.

Wanjek, By Christopher. “Left Brain vs. Right: It’s a Myth, Research Finds.” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 03 Sept. 2013. Web. 03 May 2015.

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