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Art and Design

Before falling in love with philosophy, I envisioned a career as an artist. While my career plans have changed, my love for and practice of art has not.

Scroll on to see examples of my work and learn about how I connect my philosophy, art, and teaching. 

Art and Philosophy

Beyond my direct work in the philosophy of art and aesthetics, my philosophical and artistic practice are mutually influential. In my dissertation, I make a case for using art--history, education, insitutions, theories, and practice--as a comparative model for analyzing the discipline and practice of philosophy. I also use my artistic practices of welding and quilting as metaphors for philosophical practice. 

Likewise, the art I create is often influenced by philosophical inspiration. I have an ongoing series of painted portraits of philosophers from underrepresented groups. I also have an in-progress quilt that visually represents my work on inclusivity and belonging in philosophy, as well as others that are products of collaborative workshops with other philosopher-artists.

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Explore more of my artwork in the slideshows below.

Process and Materials