Senior Thesis Show
As an Art Theory and Practice major at Northwestern, I completed a thesis project in Spring 2022. I created a project based on my personal, cultural, and familial experiences.
My childhood has been uniquely shaped by the care I received and the home that was created by my grandmother. My relationship with my grandmother was unique as it was marked by few words and many acts. She and I represent two points at very different moments within the diasporic experience, yet we have grown a symbiotic, transgenerational love and care for each other over the years. My project reflects, not only this unique dynamic of care but also how this understanding of love influences my life as a young adult and the different types of relationships I encounter as I navigate new spaces.
"Sometimes you want to say something, and if you were a songwriter you could. But, I'm not a songwriter, so I made this."
"Sometimes you want to say something, and if you were a songwriter, you could. But, I am not a songwriter, so I made this." is a collection of posters, that function almost as a feelings chart. The posters focus on an object or subject and are accompanied by a line of text. My intention was to center the viewer inside of my own mind and inner thoughts, but also emphasize the visual cues that signal nostalgia, comfort, care, and the mundane.
"I brought 12 frozen tamales on the plane with me from Oakland to Chicago."
"I brought 12 frozen tamales on the plane with me from Oakland to Chicago." includes objects that I have collected and brought from my own home. The objects exist to recreate the site of a table in the home, as it exists as a place to eat, work, dream, and live. I wanted to use the gallery space to allow viewers to experience a physical representation of home, through my understanding.
I also created a zine and stickers as objects that the viewer could interact with and take with them. I wanted this part of my project to interact with the space and viewer physically and share with the viewer beyond the white walls of the gallery.
"One day I was riding the train and I felt myself getting sicker and sicker and I burst out at a random station and threw up on the tracks."
"One day I was riding the train and I felt myself getting sicker and sicker and I burst out at a random station and threw up on the tracks." is a projection of a drawing of the interior of a BART train. The train is only occupied by two figures: my grandmother and me. The projection of my grandmother and me on the train represents memory but, also the movement through time and space.