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Finalist in Fourth Genre's 2018 Steinberg Essay Contest
Finalist in New South's 2018 Writing Contest
"Built From Pine & Rock." Ohio's Best Emerging Poets: An Anthology. Z Publishing House. (2017)
Black Jaw Literary Series (2018)
UW Castalia reading, Hugo House (Feb 2018)
ON FEEDING MY SOLE OBSESSION (2015)
Whether it is two inches or five, every woman has a right to a kick ass pair of heels. Most people question it—you’re elongating the leg and pinching toes, but for what? Do all women have such a unique relationship with their shoes, and why?
THE GIRL WITH THE TINY UNICORN (2015)
I imagine her eyes sliding to her left, making eye contact with her husband or husband’s family. They are first watching her, then scrutinizing her rendering from behind the artist. She holds this animal in her hands as a physical reminder that she is a pure and graceful creature. She gently—almost imperceptibly—rubs its hind leg, trying to keep it still for this momentous occasion. The large, blood-red jewel hanging from her neck is heavy and her back is stiff from sitting in the same position, but it is all for a wedding—her wedding.
JACKSON POLLOCK: INSTINCT VS. REASON (2015)
It’s a complete mess. Loops of color tangled together and running rampant energize nearly every inch of the composition. Far from the reaches of common sense or common experience, we cannot be sure what exactly we are looking at, or how we should feel. However when facing down Jackson Pollock’s seventeen foot monster One: Number 31 (1950), there is an unshakable feeling that this grand piece was no accident. The lyricism behind his movements—a web of flicks, dribbles, drips—is a lot like life, a mix of uncontrollable and controllable factors. Maybe it’s not such a mess, as much as it simply elicits the response: What the f$&k?
LOOKING BEYOND THE PORTRAIT (2015)
Set sometime in the late 19th century, a woman in a colorful kimono gazes contemplatively out into the hazy distance. She stands with hips jutted out and hair pulled back into a loose bun, and I wonder, who is she? Why is she alone? Like most of the painted bijin-ga—a term that generalizes beautiful women—of the Miji period, we will likely never know much more about her or other East Asian women beyond their painted depictions.
ART, GARDEN, LIFE: RE-IMAGINING FRIDA KAHLO (2015)
Most people who are confronted by seemingly insurmountable pain and catastrophe succumb to the depression, much less are able to channel their despair in a creative way. Frida Kahlo, one of the most influential and important artistic personalities of the 20th century, only began painting after she was confined to a bed for three months following a near-fatal bus crash.
GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE (2015)
This sentiment couldn’t be truer for Sydney’s International Art Series. With the likes of El Greco, Leonardo, Raphael, Monet (and many more!) being featured in The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, we can’t even imagine the kind of strings that the Art Gallery of New South Wales had to pull to get the National Galleries of Scotland to share their treasures.
THE DARKER SIDE OF MARK ROTHKO (2015)
More than 50 years after Russian-born Mark Rothko was commissioned to create mural canvases for the nondenominational Rothko Chapel, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is set to display the largest exhibition of his works since the late 90’s. Not too long before the chapel opened its doors, its artist took his life in a heartbreaking tradition seen by many artists like himself; self-annalistic and continually misunderstood.