I am an illustrator, cartoonist and reportage artist based in Providence. I make comics to process my life and document instances of emotional connection, and conversations people have over meals.
I am interested in why people form specific associations with food during childhood. And how their relationships with food play out in their lives. My work explores how in cultures with a history of migration and colonial trauma, food is used as a tool of communication, and how sharing a meal or food resources fosters intimacy, connection and a sense of community between strangers. My work explores these questions through drawings on location, gouache paintings and illustrating the interviews I conduct, through the format of comics zines and graphic novels.
I am currently teaching Studio for Drawing and Visual Language courses at MassArt. I have previously taught the Pre-College Illustration major at RISD. I have also taught Drawing and Imaging, Drawing 101 and Drawing the Imagination courses at Parsons School of Design. I have been a guest speaker at School of Visual Arts, MassArt and Rutgers University .
I also enjoy making patterns and putting things in aspic.
Get in touch if you'd like make something cool together!
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