Self Portrait Series 6 is an intimate interrogation of authentic identity and my personal concept of self. This series was created with acrylic paint on refined plywood, with a heavy glaze and varnish. The raw plywood, damaged with knots and cracks, yet rounded into ellipses, a naturally occurring nearly-perfect shape, offers an organic foundation upon which to explore my most natural, authentic concept of self—refined with time and experience. These pieces, coupled in pairs of two, explore facets of my identity as I presently see myself. This series explores the concepts of introspection and self reflection; femininity and sexuality; and confidence and strength of self. Motifs of organic imagery, inlaid in vibrant abstract self-portraiture, offer an expressive testament to my identity as well as an intimate introspection of my growth from adolescence to adulthood.
Flowers, to me, are synonymous with memory. I keep a “garden” of dried flowers from significant life events in order to preserve these moments of growth. Thus, when reflecting on my life experiences and their impact on my present identity, flowers are omnipresent. Orchids played a significant role in my life from my adolescence to my ascension to femininity in womanhood. A symbol of sexuality, orchids traced my first relationships, loss of innocence, and later, revitalization of confidence in independence.
Painting the Picture
The marketing team from the office of Undergraduate Admissions and I collaborated to create this video Painting the Pictureto welcome the class of 2021 to Emory University.
With the help of artist Becca Bowles, this 120 in wide three-piece mural was produced in only 3 days. This mural symbolizes the vibrant community that Emory provides for their students, and serves as a testament to the passion each student embodies.
Following the production of the video, the works were exhibited in the Admissions Building at Emory during the incoming student's welcome orientations.
The paintings now reside Dean Ajay Nair's office in the Center for Undergraduate Student Life.
As a member of the recruitment and marketing team for the Delta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at Emory University, I worked to creatively express the personality of my chapter. For each large event, I created mural-style paintings on our front window that complemented a comprehensive marketing campaign. Each of these paintings were inspired by the compassion, drive, intelligence, and welcoming hearts of my sisters.
Self Portrait Sketches
Portraits in Charcoal
These charcoal portraits were completed from Summer 2012 to Spring 2013.
Portrait of a Little Girl
Portrait of a Little Girl, 2012
8x12 in Oils on Canvas
Available for Sale
This mini-portrait was created in August, 2012. It was one of my first explorations with oil painting, and remains one of my favorite paintings to this day. The painting itself only took approximately five hours.