I was born in Melbourne, Australia to an American mother and Vietnamese father. Even tho I am of mixed race, I know, without a doubt, that I have white privilege.
After moving to the United States at age 11, I attended public schools. Public schools that started out predominately white.
A school system that had a decent amount of money.
A school system that became predominantly black upon graduation.
10 years down the track, I hear that this system is a mess and all I can think of is Why?
I know it's about race. Old men with big wallets would never allow their little white children fall under the weight of low funded education.
No. Save that for the Blacks, the Hispanics, the Muslims, and the Dreamers.
This dialogue, this story of rich white men and their greed, sets the stage for almost every wrong doing this world, our law abiding citizens has ever seen.
Whether it's through law, sexuality, gender, military, and all unspoken truths and desires, it is the top 1% who look to corruption and greed for inspiration. It is these people who govern us and tell us right from wrong and we look up to them as our saviors.
Now, there is an awakening among the many. We do not wish to bow blindly.
You, Me, Us; we wish to reveal all that we know to the world, things that make us squeamish, things that are not law abiding, things that are deemed wrong! Alas, You, Me, Us are not alone. It is time to band together and tell it like it is.
I am an architectural designer who also dabbles in modern eco-furniture design. I studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) obtaining a BFA with a major in Environmental Design, 2013. Every project consisted of finding a space within given or selected cities, to create urban infrastructure and programming for revitalization.
What came before design? Research!, Research!, Research! It's important to have a relationship with the land and the people before integrating anything. What if the people don't like it? What if they don't want change? What if your structure is so god damn hideous!
I have always thought about ways to better all aspects of life on both micro and macro scales. My projects were heavily supported by nature and its unending yet unobtrusive flow. I made a lot of abstract drawings to support my findings and through these works, I evolved as a designer and artist.
FINE ART IN OUR FUTURE, YEAR 3452
Today, I create architectural worlds with pen, pencil, and sometimes a straight edge.
I show the intimacy between our natural world and human-made structure, technology, and consciousness. I draw relics of our future to show an Earth that has seen peace.
Within this future, we will be able to change all physical forms on molecular levels to our will. To bend matter with a subtle thought. We could make our Earth look shiny and green, but why? Is it needed to look spectacular if we know we already are? The end of human life is what will spark our coming together as one mind and yes, it will take thousands of years. A thousand years of metal and wires crisscrossing like a nervous system.
This is why I cover my artwork and structures in rusting metal and grit, to honor the times of what civilization looked during our coming together as a human species.
THEME: 'THIS IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS
This theme is quite perfect. What better way to create dialogue of struggle in society and internal introspection than to pair it up with artwork representing futures of prosperity and a coming together as one.
Confession mixed with Recognition.
Self-doubt mixed with Confidence.
Questioning mixed with Understanding
Internalization mixed with Openness
Homeless mixed with Community
Separation mixed with Oneness
Society today (21st Century) is not what it seems. It's time for You, Me, Us.
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