2021 Studio Arts Senior Exhibition at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In March 2020, COVID-19 began to spread through the country. Checking the daily news to keep track of a vaccine's progress, mortality tolls, and virus complications had become a routine for me. All this knowledge was both overwhelming and intimating. Along with this, working and living in a confined space lead to depression and anxiety, causing me to get too much sleep or not enough. However, I wanted to focus on something positive, so I began creating, methodical, calming artwork. The result is a series of sleeping animal sculptures surrounded by natural elements which serve as a temporary haven. These creatures inspire us to search for a similar haven where we can relax, reflect, and make sense of the current events and challenges. 

Closed Eyes