This set of drawings illustrates a view of the desert after a recent trip to Jerusalem. Instead of freedom I found harsh contrasts in scenery, culture, ways of thinking, and heavily segregated neighborhoods. Religion, traditions, clothing, language, and rituals are all smashed together into a melting pot of extreme tension but also quilted beauty. A wall snakes in and out of this landscape, separating one people from another, which plays a large role in all three of these illustrations. By depicting the highly contrasted scenery and atmosphere my focus is on the differences that are separating these people, but also what aspects of humanity bring them together.
Currently being shown at Midnight Oil Gallery in Yucca Valley, California.
The Museum Of Pizza
Slice, Shred & Dice is made up of three patterns representing the geometric essence of the most common shapes found within pizza.
By simplifying this elaborate looking food, I focused on the quintessential pizza geometry in order to find the foundation of what pizza looks like.
By hand painting all of the murals, it allowed the shapes to keep natural edges which refer back to the complex organic matter they were inspired by.
This was displayed at The Museum of Pizza at the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn, in October of 2018.
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Visions Of Indigo
Visions of Indigo is my MFA Visual Thesis series that explores my infatuation with outer space, extraterrestrial life, and the influence that aliens may have had on ancient cultures and the cultivation of human society. After experiencing Machu Picchu in 2015 and seeing the ruins there I was convinced that ancient people had in fact interacted with these beings long ago, and felt it was my calling to create art based on what that alien culture might look like if we found remnants of it today.
Aesthetically, Visions of Indigo has a maximalist look, combining many different colors, textures, and patterns into each piece. This reflects my background in print design and my love of mixing different patterns in my apparel work and my own wardrobe. The mixed media aesthetic also reflects my cultural inspirations. I have studied ancient tribal art to help gain an understanding of how these societies that could have interacted with a possible alien race. I have implemented a combination of visual aspects from these cultures including color palettes, figure shapes, ornamentation, and symbols to create a culture that is all my own. Each flat piece is made of collaged paper on wood panel, and each of the three masks is made from paper mâché, then painted and embellished by hand.
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Part of the group show ‘Art & Nature’ at Artists Republic Gallery in Anaheim, California. 2017. Check out the gallery here: http://artists-republic.com/
Macy's Window Herald Square
Through a collaboration between PAVE and Vera Bradley, I was able to paint this mannequin that was inspired by Vera Bradley's Havana Rose Cuban collection, after which it was displayed in Macy's Herald Square window for a month in May 2017.
FIT MFA Illustration Fall Show 2016
This piece was used by the FIT MFA Illustration program as advertising for the 2016 Fall Show. Check out FIT's Instagram @fitmfaillo for more info on the upcoming Fall Show 2017!