These are some examples of graphic illustrations of my sculpture sketches. They are my explorations of what my three dimensional ideas look like as two dimensional pieces.
For my senior thesis show, I decided it was time to go deeper in my homage to Boston. I have previously celebrated the city I love in my work, but this time I decided to research how the Boston of today came to be as that is the best indicator to where it is going. So began my research.
I decided to focus on select areas so that I could do justice in representing them. Once I determined the areas I decided to make “cobblestones” to tell the story visually and texturally. I researched the areas, went on numerous field trips to photograph the architecture, people, signage and whatever else spoke to me. I then transferred these articles and photos to wood pieces cut to mimic the famous cobblestone streets of Boston.
I found as is the case with all beautiful things, there is a degree of ugliness in the past.
In all major cities, the neighborhoods are constantly evolving, the question is: is it for the better?” Sometimes what looks like advancement raises the question: Is this really better than the community that already exists? This was truly exemplified in the West End. In showcasing the West End I choose to let the displaced community, which is a group of people who are dedicated to maintaining their connection to their former home, tell their own story so those cobblestones are excerpts from their newsletters.
I also created a new sculpture to represent the rise and fall of the downtown crossing area, as well as incorporating some of my iconic building sculptures in the Beacon Hill and Government Center neighborhoods.
AMP! (Academic Mentor Party) was an event for Boston Partners in Education held at TD Garden’s Legends Club. Through this event we celebrate the hard work that our volunteers put in through out the year.
Winter Warmer was an event for Boston Partners in Education held at Capital One Cafe in the Seaport. Through this event we brought together mentors and teachers to talk about the difficulties of being role models in young people's lives, and to enjoy a warm moment away from the cold.
These are examples of work from my internship at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. At the gallery I worked closely with the Marketing manager to create advertisements and other collateral. Through this internship I learned the ins and outs of installing exhibitions in a gallery, how to organize promotional events, as well as gaining some insight in to the strong community of local artists in the area.
Design Ignites Change was a project put together through the work of a team and myself. The purpose was to use graphic design in a way as to inspire social change. Working with the neighborhood of Lower Allston we decided to address issues of gentrification and community building.
After walking every street of the neighborhood and discussing with as many locals as possible what life was like we set out to improve everyday life in that community. What we found through our research was that many of the things locals asked for already existed. The problem was not with a lack of resources but rather that the resources available to the community were not being communicated effectively.
Through graphic design my team and I created a map that showed off important local spots. This map would allow residents to know what it is already available to them. and show others why they might want to visit this little part of the city.
The prompt was to write a personal manifesto and design a form that was the most appropriate to display it. After reading manifestos of all types from the Futurist Manifesto to how Bruce Mau thinks one should design I found that the one thing that inspired me is that I didn't want to create a typical manifesto. The manifestos I was reading were preachy and aggressive, where as I had always lived my life by the little sayings I had learned growing up.
Therefore I decided to take a step back and be inspired by my family. I wrote down every saying that I heard growing up from Irish blessings to just random nonsensical lessons and changed it slightly to make it an active phrase to live by. Then together with my family I embroidered it on pillows that are all different shapes and sizes. Together each pillow forms a soft comforting reminder to move forward fearlessly with love in your heart.
Library of the Printed Web is a series of projects created by many different artists with a massive variety of interests. It is when you create a physical archive of something related to the internet, in other words a web to print zine. For my version I was inspired by the idea of contrast. To me print work is the opposite of digital work and I found it interesting that two of the subjects I look at most on the internet are sculptures form classical antiquity and Nicki Minaj music videos.
To me Nicki Minaj music videos are visually stunning, every frame carefully planned, a masterpiece on its own. There is as much craft and effort put into every Nicki Minaj music video as there is put into the white stone sculptures we so carefully associate with high art. Therefore in my web to print zine as I blurred the edge between what should exist on the internet and what should have a physical presence I decided to question the boundaries between high and low art, past and present, and to look at how we represent the female figure across art history.