I haven’t always wanted to pursue art. I have a variety of interests that I’m passionate about, and it’s been difficult to narrow down what’s most important to me. My freshman year of college, I wanted to double major in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Secondary education. I loved each of these subjects, and figured I could squeeze in art through my Gen. Eds.. I knew that Art wasn’t the most practical choice for me, at least according to our cultural perceptions of the subject, but eventually, as other interests started to fall away, I realized that I wanted art to be a more significant part of my life.
In 2017, I decided to travel abroad and dedicate a whole semester’s worth of study exclusively to fine arts. I was completely immersed in art history and studio practice! But, like I said, I am passionate about a lot of things! Being so far away from home, I was of course homesick, but also really missed the more analytical side of things working on physics at Coe! It was during that time that I realized physics and art aren’t really so different. They both involve a lot of trial and error, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and more! My skill sets weren’t distinct, and my differing interests turned out to be a strength, not a weakness.
My work is primarily focused on combating the preconceived notions many people have when they think about physics. I explored a variety of different mediums and processes for this body of work. Some of it is more scientifically driven, such as anodized aluminum and laser engraving, while others are more traditional art like acrylic painting and photography. I like to consider myself a kind of jack of all trades, so you'll rarely see me stick to just one medium.
When I'm not in the studio, you can find me working on my next scientific paper, or travelling the world with my husband, Sam Bishop!