I was inspired after reading a book, Identical, by Ellen Hopkins which is about a girl who suffers from a Dissociative Identity Disorder. Because of this disorder, she believed that she was two completely separate identities. And through the distinct characteristics of each of the faces in my artwork, I wanted to depict the many different layers in a person’s personality. Some people behave differently around certain people. It takes awhile for the person to truly reveal who they are deeply inside.

Prismacolor Pencils • 16 x 20 in

Through this piece, I wanted to experiment with a peculiar angle. In this position, I am deep in thought and the abstract background portrays the thoughts that are wandering in my head.

Mixed Media • 16 x 14.5 in

I developed my own designs of the dresses and created 3D versions of them to clothe the same figure that I drew. I used tissue paper for the long gowns and the one on the very right, and coffee filter for the short, ruffled dress. For the first three dresses (to the left), I wanted to create dresses with elegance and for the last one, I was inspired by Cirque du Soleil's costumes.

Prismacolor, Tissue Paper, Coffee Filters • 19.5 x 24.5 in

I wanted to illustrate the abstract and organic shapes in the reflections in the glasses of the perfume bottles and on the background that go unseen.

Graphite Pencil • 18 x 20 in

I wanted to play with the composition and to show the different textures of the objects, such as the smoothness of the leather boots or the coarse rope on the chair.

Prismacolor Pencils • 11 x 14 in

I also wanted to explore a variety of compositions of my dining and living room. I picked this particular angle to show the way the light hits the furnitures of my home.

Acrylic • 16 x 20 in

I wanted to illustrate a close up view of my car key and my lanyard to confuse the viewer on what they are actually looking at because of the magnification. There are hints of colors (other than the ones that are analogous to blue) to show strokes of movement to distort the artwork even more.

Soft Pastels • 18 x 24 in

Sound cannot be contained in a small box (displayed in the center of the piece).  Through the use of the vibrant colors and intricate patterns, I wanted to portray the movement and vibrancy of the sound waves as if the viewer could hear the sound through the artwork.

Mixed Media • 16 x 20 in

Through this piece, I wanted to portray the uninhabitable conditions of a room that could not substantiate any human life. And because of this particular perspective, I wanted to make it seem as if the room was towering over the viewer to create an overwhelming sense of discomfort.

Mixed Media • 7.75 x 19.5 in

In these miniature tree huts, there are minuscule furnitures, such as beds, tables, and chairs. With these miniature displays, I wanted to show potential life of microscopic beings that could survive in the wild.

Sticks, clay, leaves • 2x1.5x5.5, 2x2x5.5, 3x2.5x7.5, 3x3.5x3.5, 3x3x4.5 in

The pyramid shaped boundary surrounding the signs on the board represents the rules in society. Despite the rules and the numerous signs throughout life, whether that is from parents, peers, friends, people could feel overwhelmed by them and feel lost because they haven't discovered their place yet. This is shown through the emerging letters and shapes from the signs to show chaos and disorder.

Construction Paper, a Map, Cardboard, Wood • 18 x 16 x 30 in

People have a tendency to judge others based on their appearances. Regardless of what their facade may appear to look like, there is more to a person than what meets the eye. Each door is representative of different people and they will all lead you to somewhere different.

Mixed Media • 24 x 49 x 34 in

Inside the box, there are mementos that I consider very important to me. For instance, there is a plastic trophy near the top left corner. When I received that trophy, I conquered my fears of public speaking and was rewarded at a Speech & Debate camp when I was in elementary school. Each item is well preserved by long or sharp objects, such as glass, paint brushes, etc. I specifically used these materials because I wanted to show that these mementos are something that will always stay with me even as I get older because they hold a special place in my heart.

Mixed media • 18 x 26 x 18 in

When I was younger, I used to play with Polly Pocket dolls often. I would dress them up or create fake scenarios, etc. Through this 3D artwork, I wanted create a nostalgic feeling as if the memories were holding on by a thread (also literally). I added the film to add onto the nostalgia by making it look more vintage. Also, I wanted to make it seem as if the memories were pouring down to indulge in reminiscence.

Dolls and Accessories, Film, Fishing Line • 11 x 17 x 39 in

Behind the educational books, there is a large group of people with colorful clothing on and they are interacting with one another. As shown, they go through these books and come out completely different. The books transform them into monotonous beings, portrayed through the dull colors. They are completely covered in paint to depict their lack of individuality. The education system can force students to lose their sense of creativity and can resemble a factory that mass produces a single idea. Rather than appreciating and understanding the content that is taught, people are getting caught up with the desire to become successful.

Mixed Media on Foam Board • 30 x 22 x 12 in

This piece can be taken both literally and figuratively. In a literal sense, nature never fails to prevail. Although it may take time, nature is more permanent and can heal itself whereas technology is ephemeral. Figuratively, the tree can represent our humanity. The computer box in the middle represents the detrimental effects on the natural environment due to the technological advancements. As the tree completely grows over the computer box in the video, it embodies the concept that humans are resilient beings.

Mixed Media • 17 x 16 x 10 in

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