I was given the opportunity to take over The Detached Garage for six weeks this summer. While there I made some messes, danced a little, and created some new work. Something Like It is a series of reflections on Love and happiness featuring a collection of videos, sculptures, and even a mixtape.
3530 Clayton St, Denver CO 80205Friday, July 17 | 6-9pm
Still from Something Like It.
Something Like It.
Private peep show of Something Like It, a video short on love, lust and those nuances in between.
Decadence, Mixed Media, 2015
Discarded letters to lovers past. A cathartic exercise in honesty.
The Detached Garage
FREE, WHITE, AND 21 REDUX
This is a video short in which I appropriate a concept used by artist Howerdina Pendell in her 1983 video Free, White, and 21. The original is a personal narrative paired with stories of encountered experiences. Rather than acting as a soapbox rant the video portrays her perspective of being a woman of color in a "white" world.
I use the same approach illustrating my own experiences as a woman of color living with different, but similar interactions some thirty years after the original piece was made. It serves as a conversation starter for difficult subjects around race, privilege, and power that we often avoid as a society.
The mural Como Sabor (like flavor) was commissioned by Denver Arts & Venue’s Urban Arts Fund for a site in the Cole neighborhood. Over the course of ten weeks a group of four young women worked with me to research the history and culture of the neighborhood. During observations we came to the unanimous conclusion that Cole has a unique flavor and soul. All around you the sounds of laughter, music and street vendor bells fill the air. People gathered on the corners catch up on the happenings and greet one another as they walk down the street. This made all of us feel welcome as it had a spirit of familiarity that we wanted to capture through imagery and color. Como Sabor expresses the vibrant, bold cultural offerings of Cole and the people who live there.
PAPER CHASE V.1
Inspired by the complex relationships between today’s hip hop and rap community and corporate powers, Paper Chase examines the use of brand references in lyrics from the 1980s to present day. Hip hop is used to sell everything from breakfast cereals to luxury watches giving little regard to the origins of the lifestyle. In addition to brand references in songs high profile artists promote a level of cool unattainable by most of its audience. While some of audiences are immune to this image there are a number of listeners who are sucked in by the allure. Paper Chase was created as a way to level the playing field and give everyone the opportunity to drape themselves in some of the most notable luxury accessories. Issue one has over $40,000 in accessories for the reader to cut and pose with, share the images on social media, impress your friends, or give them as gifts the choice is yours.
Zeromile is an annual student publication created in the communication design course of the same title. Issue 008 is a collaborative production between writers and designers from the art department at MSU Denver. This course incorporates a top down approach to printed media where the students conceptualize the content, graphic approach, and communication goals. In addition we were responsible for raising capital, promotion and distribution of the final product. Issue 008 covers advertising and culture, exploring the topic on a local and global level. I was responsible for the design of a three page layout and a full page ad for MSU Denver’s School of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
COMUNIDAD LA PIEDRA
In the summer of 2013 I had the privilege to travel to the Dominican Republic with twelve of my peers and Associate Professor Kelly Monico for a community based design course. Over the span of six weeks we used design research methods to document and learn from the community of La Piedra, and supported non-profit The Centro Cultural Guanin. Through research and observation we concluded that the community members of La Piedra, especiallythe youth face many challenges. These challenges range from an absence of strong community role models, to limited education opportunities. As a result of our conversations with the community, our team implemented a design campaign titledComunidad La Piedra. Comunidad La Piedra consisted of environmental signage, an educational tool kit, a community chalk board, and a mural. In order to strengthen community discourse and create a strong sense of belonging. For more information see the project page here.
DENVER METRO WATER FESTIVAL // a concept
Denver Water’s Education department and Metropolitan State University of Denver’s, One World One Water approached my peers and I with the challenge to create a system for the first Denver Metro Water Festival. This is an educational festival, set to take place on Auraria Campus for sixth grade students in the Denver Metro area. The clients were in search of strong system and type treatment versus a logo mark. The system used bold forms mimicking the cycle of water, vivid color and humor. These elements could easily be implemented into a number of collateral pieces appealing to both the youth of the conference as well as the adult participants.