Utilizing 3D printing and thermochromic liquid crystals, I created an 8" human heart-shaped sculpture with the ability to respond to human touch. Just as a mood ring reacts when in contact with body heat, the sculpture shifts from black to an array of colors as someone comes in contact with its surface or in response to its environment. The sculpture is an interactive work, aiming to spark a conversation on how we can use technology to enrich human connection instead of detracting from it.


Born out of meditation on the impact of gentrification on Black communities as well as inspiration from the classic Atari Space Invaders game, I created a clone of the game where players are able to battle against aspects of gentrification to save their hood. The difficulty of the game as well as the sprite representations were intentionally set in hopes of evoking the angst felt by Black communities when faced with encroaching gentrification in their neighborhoods.


The "You're Here I'm Here" virtual show was created to serve as a symbol of the possibilities young marginalized artists like myself can create utilizing creativity, innovation, and technology. To have a show virtually does not require the capital or time of a physical show, the opportunity afforded by galleries, nor does it require a location. As long as there's an internet connection present, the show can be accessed at any time, from anywhere, and by anyone. In this virtual space, barriers such as time, money, opportunity, and access don't look like barriers at all.


A sculpture series of four 12" 3D printed sculptures represented the stages of hurting and healing from abuse.