2016As a Navy brat, assimilating to new cultures has been a normal part of my families life. If it was Japan, Hong Kong, or just another coast in America, taking cues from our surroundings was an active game of “how can I navigate this new place”. At some point, places began to look the same and cultures seemingly began to merge into one another like streams of water connecting at a confluence. In many ways my families sense of heritage began this way. While moving over seas to different ports, we were merging stories, traditions, and family rituals into our nomadic lifestyle. Because of this, I felt a deep connection to the waters that connected us to the world. In my art making, I’ve taken this inspiration to practice an ancient form of painting called water marbling. Painting this way in a large scale, I use them as the skins to my structures that are made to house its’ audience. During this process, I document the water and paints as they swirl in and around one another to explore the layers of fluid materials. For my thesis, I created an installation at Cyclorama that incorporated my water marbled canvases and videos onto a structure for the viewer to enter and interact in. This project is site specific in relating to the Cyclorama space and is called Everyone’s Coming Through Their Own Tiny Door.