You’re pursuing a BFA at Stamps School of Art & Design and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. How do these fields work together in your practice?
I view art and engineering as being very hand in hand. Engineering offers a different approach to making, particularly in terms of sculpture and installations. I always give people the example of a public sculpture. If you build something giant, you need somebody to make sure it’s not going to fall over and crush someone. I don’t turn engineering into art; rather, the way I think as an engineer informs how I approach my art-making process.
You just got back from the week-long residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Could you describe your experience and projects?
At the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, I was able to experiment on an abstract level. I was able to better see how painting could fit in with the rest of my broader art practice, which is very sculptural. While I was at the ranch, I was doing a variety of experiments, preparation, and early stages of a larger painting.
And it was all just very idyllic – all I was thinking about was painting, and all of the people around me were just making art. There was a dedicated building for print, painting, and drawing. I had my own dedicated space that was mine to work in.