CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Design can be a potent tool for communication and social transformation. I am an elevated artist who wants to change the world. My intent as an artist is to penetrate people’s intellectual boundaries by creating from a place of purpose, to saturate and shift viewers’ perspectives. I want to challenge normative context and extract love and understanding of the human condition. Graphic design allows artistry to function as communication for solving problems, and it has the ability to cross cultural and language barriers. I am a passionate social justice warrior and avid researcher who constantly craves knowledge on how to improve humanity and the world we inhabit. I refuse to be overwhelmed by the heartache inflicted throughout society — historically, politically, environmentally, and socially — but instead choose to rally on a daily basis through my actions to improve conditions for all.
IF YOU COULD HAVE COFFEE WITH ANY HISTORICAL FIGURE, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
I draw strength from artists and individuals who exemplify commitment, passion, and tenacity while faced with adversity. David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Deana Lawson, and Shirley Chisholm — a black woman who ran for president in 1972 — all embody this. Any of these legends would be my ideal coffee date!
WHAT IS ONE THING YOUR TIME IN DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DIDN’T EXPECT?
Design school taught me that community, critique, crazy work ethic, and deep research are essential to effective and purposeful design.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Just Us by Claudia Rankine / Tim McGraw & E-40 / ALL documentaries, and of course Tiger King!