I was born and raised in Northern California. I received my BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now reside in Chicago. Through a combination of digital and handmade processes, I intend to tell my story and simultaneously create space for those around me whose identities are often compromised. My work addresses a serious need for the representation of black and brown bodies translated into text and imagery and then used within textile-based work, such as weavings, latch hook, prints, and tufted pieces. The text utilized within my work is taken from conversations between myself and those dear to me being their most true selves and that may be caught mid laugh or in a captured playful pose. Representing these communities in happiness evokes compassion and empathy instead of sympathy, as we often see representation in death. There is a soft, tactile side to my work as well. I aim to create work and build spaces that play off of one's desires to touch and whether or not I allow that touch.