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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.
Explore more of my artwork in the slideshows below.
Process and Materials
The Artist's Perspective
Portraits, Pedagogy, and Representation
In my undergraduate Studio Art degree, I specialized in sculpture, particularly welding. While I am not currently able to weld on the scale and frequency of my college days, I do still create small-scale metal, paper-mâché, and mixed media sculptures.
The slideshow to the right includes images from my senior showcase Techne, which was a herd of life-size draft horses crafted from scrap metal and displayed on the front lawn of Converse University, as well as a selection from my recent personal sculpture projects.
Check 'Em Out!
This section features select artists whose gorgeous, creative, impactful work should be seen and celebrated, and/or are an influence on my own artistic style. Usually "and". Click the links to learn more about each artist.