Art Gallery Wall

Over the summer I started a new internship working as a Special Projects Assistant for the Emery Community Arts Center.

When one show featuring William Wegman’s art came in, I was granted the opportunity to paint an image onto the wall of the gallery.

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Summer Art Projects

This summer I had some time on my hands to do some fun projects. Some decorations for my friend’s apartment;

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Some melted crayon art:

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A pong table:

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A couple paintings:

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And even a cake!

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Makeup Design for The Tempest; Caliban

I went through a wonderful design process when creating the look for Caliban. The director already had an idea of what she wanted the character to look like and the first hand experience of the collaborative art of theatre helped me grow as a person and artist.

I worked with many ideas in the beginning based on how Caliban acted and how he was described by others in the play. My first ideas came from research on mythological serpents and sea monsters.

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I then thought of different movies that had such creatures, Pirates of the Caribbean being a big inspiration.

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I also examined different textures found in the ocean and played with the idea of crustaceans. Since the play was being produced in Maine, I thought that lobsters would be something the audience could instantly relate to; a smell they would know and a look they would recognize.

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Here were my first drawings and ideas for the character:

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I wanted him to have the appearance of an exoskeleton, along with gills, spiny appendages, and webbed hands; a chaos of creatures. The director saw the character as different; hairy and disgusting, more of a smelly, rotting fish than a frightening urchin. She also wanted his feet to appear different, so I designed an extended webbed foot and an extended, earthy foot with grotesque toenails:

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I experimented with many ways to make the feet, and settled on carving them out of foam. I also experimented with some fish scale makeup techniques.

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In the end, only one foot was done, and the scales had to be much larger to be read from a distance. The character also had giant warts on his face, back, and arm, random tufts of hair, shells and twigs woven into his hair, jagged, sharp nails on his hands and one foot, and a tired, sour look to his face.

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Makeup Design for The Tempest; Iris

I was one of the head makeup designers for our Spring production of The Tempest. I was in charge of designing for the goddess Iris (the part I was also playing), the goddess Ceres, and Caliban.

These first few pictures show the process I went though to develop the final design.

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This is the final design for my makeup and how it ended up looking on stage!

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Project 1: Farmington Dreams

For our Project 1 class, my friend Christina and I decided to touch upon the subject of childhood dreams. We surveyed students at UMF and from the top “dream careers” we chose six to make into wooden cutouts for people to take pictures behind. We also set up a Facebook page so that people could post the photos they took and we could analyze what dreams were the most popular.