Being born in Miami, where my upbringing was predominantly hispanic, influenced my professional and creative endeavors and have always navigated towards community engagement. Moving to Georgia after attending Florida State University completely challenged both my work and my professional experiences, I was pushed to create a community of my own. At the center of both my studio practice and teaching experience is the interaction between communities and artwork.
My personal bodies of work have dealt with evoking a nostalgic Florida, from the kitschy tourist views of flamingos, to the swamps of the Everglades, the works have dealt with the natural and artificial as it exists in Florida’s rapidly changing landscape. I am interested in recalling and responding to the past, while also setting that nostalgia within a tropical region and Art Deco palette.
Most recently, my work is about the culture of south Florida, and it's very niche latin elements. Primarily, how material culture affects the way in which we identify ourselves, the work draws inspiration from familiar experiences, marketing, and consumerism.
At the University of Georgia while completing my MFA, I was able to create a program in conjunction with the Georgia Beekeeping Prison Project. The project was geared towards teaching inmates within Georgia prisons to become certified beekeepers but to also mimic the hive-mind behavior of honeybees, in mimicking honeybees the inmates at Arrendale State Prison and I created artwork about communities. I have been completeling my MFA and also a certificate in Museum Studies which allowed me to interned in both the Education and Design/Installation department at the Georgia Museum of Art, these internships have furthered the enjoyment of working with individuals through creative means.