The politicization of the US-Mexico border has created a disconnect between the reality of several local conditions along the border and the policies that legislate the interaction of the sister nations. The construction of the borderwall has severed communities and separated families, destroying fragile environmental systems and supporting an unwarranted fear of the other.
Architecture is employed as an agent of reconciliation within the local context, occupying the space in the wall in order to reestablish a binational community space that rehumanizes the border condition. This architecture addresses the human and environmental conditions that border politics have seemingly ignored. By considering the border on a local level the architecture negotiates and reactivates the true forces of the site, creating an alternative border perspective wherein communities are empowered, nature is restored, and nations act as neighbors.
Fairy Tales 2018
This submission for the annual Blank Space competition was created in collaboration with Veronica Patrick and consists of an original “architectural fairy tale” and five narrative illustrations.
Mural design and renderings developed as part of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Training Program. Located on the wall of the Offices for Homeless Services, this proposed mural design is a playful tribute to the many organizations and local groups who support individuals and communities across Philadelphia.
Vote Here Sign
The Vote Here sign was created as part of Next Stop: Democracy, a one-day "pop-up" exhibit of 60 original signs created by localartists and designers. Established in reaction to low voter participation in recent years, Next Stop: Democracy aimed to encourage civic engagement and increase voter turnout by commissioning artists to create original, eye-catching signs to direct voters to the polls and celebrate Election Day. The project was funded by the Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Cities Challenge.
When I Move You Move is a temporary street installation created as part of the Pearl Street Passage Project for the 2015 Design Philadelphia Festival.
The collaborative project team included Architects Kelly Ennis and Peter McBride, Lighting Designer David Seok, and Fabricator/Designer Jeff Goettner.
Hand-painted mural of a variation on a vintage Lilly Pulitzer print for a tween's bedroom in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Colors were altered to coordinate with the existing colors within the bedroom, and the client's name (Grace) is "hidden" in a flower, the same way Lilly's signature appears in every one of her patterns.
Custom collage graphics created for a series of five handmade snowboards by Totem Snowboards in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Digital collages from a variety of architectural presentations, design competitions, and personal projects.
Invitations and flyers designed for events, parties, weddings and fundraisers. Contact me for custom design commissions.