Art in its many forms is a powerful tool of self-expression. I see art not simply as a thing, but as a fundamental relationship—both between me and my work, and eventually, between my art and its viewers.

As an artist, I am only myself– purely and utterly myself. But each time I begin a new project, I enter into a living relationship with that piece, and two things begin to happen: I pour my soul into the piece to give it life, and the piece takes on a life of it’s own, growing beyond my original expectations. It is a powerful and exciting journey, and one that is innately explorative in nature. Not only do I as an artist get to experiment with materials and techniques, stretching the skills of my hands and the breadth of my mind, but in imbuing the work with my own voice, I can explore myself more deeply than a purely analytical examination could ever go. Thus the piece takes on a message of it’s own, and becomes a mirror onto myself that allows me to see myself more clearly.

Art is not solely explorative in nature– it is innately expressive, and meant to be seen. It is meant to add to the world it enters into. And it is there to inspire thought, growth, and deeper relationship with meaning. I am passionate about the world and my relationship with art is fundamental to the way I see and interact with it.

I have developed a very integrated studio practice, working with metals, traditional printmaking, writing, ceramics, resin, and computer imaging among other things. In my work I grapple with the realities of life, connecting my own experiences with the broader cosmic experience. I try to understand myself and the world around me, and through that help others to do the same. I strive to make my art a reflection of truth, because it is only in that way that it can have any worth.

**I have always had an affinity for putting disparate things together into unified artistic creation. My writing has been described many times as having a strong sense of dichotomy, and I believe that this speaks strongly of my studio practice as well. Moving on from my studio classes I have begun to blur the lines between the arts, incorporating printmaking into metalsmithing and ceramics, incorporating modern digital technologies into traditional craft. Integrative Studio Practice is the perfect major for me, as it allows me to pursue my interests more closely than any other major focus would. I hope to enter grad school, and then to make my living as an artist after graduation, deriving income from a variety of efforts. I have not demonstrated exceptional collaboration with my peers over the past year. In the modern world of education, collaboration has been aggrandized into something more efficacious than what it actually is. I have demonstrated an exceptional ability to focus hard on my own work, work long hours on it, and adapt to changing and increasing goals. Each time I take a new class I immediately begin thinking about how I can incorporate the skills I learn into my studio practice outside of the academic setting, without access to Herron facilities. From metalsmithing to metal etching, I have worked to build a small-scale workshop so that I can continue my work seamlessly, even from the confines of a small apartment. This pushes and changes the way I think about the creative process. My work is unique because it is entirely authentic. I explore essential aspects of humanity through the unique lens of my own eyes. I strive to make work that is a benefit to humanity by nature of beauty (which often is not what one would expect it to be) and truth.

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