I live in community here in Chicago. I live with 8 very beautiful and bright people in a very beautiful and bright house. One of our pillars as an intentional community is sustainability. This Lenten season we decided to do energy fasts every Sunday after 5pm so that we could be more conscious and intentional about our energy usage and so we could spend some more time together. Last night was our first evening trying this. It was very peaceful walking into a quiet and dark house with candles glowing softly in each room. It made me realize just how exhausting unnatural light can be. Sometimes we need the darkness to see more.
If anyone is free this Friday I will be having an informal "opening" at Metropolis Coffee House from 6 to 8 pm. Come hang out and drink delicious coffee! :)
"Through my work, I focus on ideas of connectedness... connectedness with our whole selves, with each other, our communities, its systems, the natural world, and the energy and divine of our universe at large.
Everything is interrelated. Understanding and studying these themes of connectedness can help us better understand our place in the larger picture and what part we play in sculpting this world and the communities we live in.
Growing up traveling annually around parks in the southwestern states, my work is also heavily inspired by the nature and cultures I encountered there and by a fundamental human relationship with the environment, which I seek to re-depict. My work is also very texture based. I find myself continually attracted to patterned papers and old fabrics. I love detail and repetition and the bold intricacy that is created by the interaction of these materials.
Art, for me has always been a form of escape, of creating open spaces and quiet atmospheres, as well as a place for me to recreate and reflect on the things that I find peace in."