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Community Engagement

 

Public art is meant to awaken something within us. We should be challenged, inspired, awe-stuck, humored, or be swallowed up by it. It should be used to transform and energize spaces. I believe artwork should be accessible to all people. I believe artmaking is richer and deeper when you bring people along into the process. 

I believe storytelling plays an important role in understanding our humanity and getting to know each other better. Storytelling is a vehicle that allows the community to connect deeper with one another and tell a story that is a genuine reflection of their identity. 

In past projects, I have engaged with the local community through engagement sessions. I seek out a population that is reflective of the community in ethnicity, age, background, and language. I ask to hear a part of their story. I incorporate the stories into the surface of the sculpture. Most often, the words are cut out of the surface and allow light to pour through them. The sculptures carry a presence all their own, but they also create an environment where people can experience the quiet words of strangers. They spur on curiosity, wonder, and conversation within the viewers. Each sculpture has a narrative that is specific to its heritage, environment, or context.

“I believe storytelling plays an important role in understanding our humanity and getting to know each other better.”