I am a Senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts, as well as minors in Humanities and Writing. I consider myself more of a multi-media fine artist. I like to work in drawing, painting, sculpture, and stained glass. I learned how to create stained glass my Junior year at Kewaskum High School and after that I fell in love with the way the light reflects off it and the different designs you can create. After that, I added glass to my concentration, along with all my other mediums. For my Senior year at MIAD, I plan on using all the mediums I've come to know and love and combine them together. I have been struggling with how to do that for a while and I think I have finally figured it out.
Most, if not all, of my influences for art have come from my roots in which I grew up in. Starting from a young age, I have always loved being outdoors, hiking, and taking in all the scenery. I am drawn to how the plants and animals move in space and the many different forms they each hold. The way the natural world is unending and constantly changing throughout time, to me, is similar to my practice. Every plant and animal have a different form, a different way they adapt to their living conditions, even a different smell. The way water flows down rocks and ledges creating a waterfall, how mountains have extremely high and low points creating very abrupt angles, and how blades of grass and strands of hair blow in the wind are all examples of endless forms in the natural world that comes an aesthetic beauty.
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
I'm not entirely sure what I want to write about yet, but I have been looking into different art sites and articles about controversy, specifically in Milwaukee, WI. I find the different controversies in art interesting and I think this might be one of the things I decide to write about. One in article in particular I found very interesting. It's about the Mural on the Milwaukee County Bus. The mural that wraps around the bus was created for a summer art program that was paid for by the Milwaukee Art Museum. It stands for immigration enforcement and family separations, but it is causing so much controversy, that the Milwaukee County supervisor is demanding it be removed.
Bachelor of Fine Arts-New Studio Practice Major