Thesis work explored the interdependence of physical and social structures, namely how architectural decision making in institutional spaces may reinforce social hierarchies and vice versa. Materials included blind embossing on rag paper, plexi, cement, vinyl tile, perforated steel, and video.
Images feature work from one of two Printmaking senior degree shows in Spring 2016.
This series of intaglio prints explores devices used to control social movement and action. Audience members bring to this collection their own understandings of who these devices are implemented to protect and how individuals respond to notions of security and surveillance.
The original concept for the series came from research analyzing similarities between security measures in under-resourced public schools and minimum security detention facilities. Woven into this series is an exploration of how security measures and controlled spaces provide a feeling of safety to some and threat to others, largely based on societal assumptions of criminality.
All prints are a combination of line etching and aquatint printed 6" x 6" on rag paper.
Honors thesis submitted to the Brown University department of sociology in completion of the Bachelor of Sciences.
How might we envision an alternative to the current RISD “critical making” methodology that—rather than encouraging an inward facing, craft-centered practice—strives to bring to attention the hierarchies of power that function within the institution, between the institution and the community in which it sits, and throughout the larger historical context which has shaped the fields of fine art, design, and architecture?
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A study of the familiarity of suburban architecture. These images observe the ways in which seemingly mundane landscapes provide important insight into the social views fostered by these environments. The series is particularly interested in the function and aesthetic quality of liminal spaces.
As a student assistant in the Brown University Department of Sociology, I assist faculty and staff with administrative, organizational, research, and design work. Design examples have been selected from a broad array of projects which seek to promote the concentration throughout Brown's campus and beyond.
An exploration of the ways in which institutional spaces are altered by their inhabitants and vice versa. How do individuals interact with and become decorative elements in their own environments? The collection of prints is particularly interested in the way that institutional architecture is designed to control human movement and decision-making.
The following maps were created for a research project analyzing the availability of VA healthcare for the US veteran population. After collecting and combining public healthcare data in ArcGIS, maps were designed to graphically represent several factors that influence how well the Veterans Health Administration is currently providing for veterans.
First, the location of all 129 unique hospitals were identified. By geocoding the addresses provided by the VHA Facility Quality and Safety Reports, these locations could be mapped according to size or number of visits. The County and State-level population information was added in order to gain a better understanding of where veterans are located in relation to these hospitals. Finally, County and State-level expenditure data were joined to population data in order to directly compare levels of spending with the existing veteran population.
In order to get a sense of how well hospitals are serving their surrounding population, a proportion has been established. By assigning county data to the closest hospital, an approximate calculation of the entire veteran population existing in the geographic region, which each hospital theoretically serves, can be calculated. We will call this value the total population of each hospital. Next, using FQSR data, the unique number of patients at each hospital can be identified. This number of patients is divided by the total population in order to calculate what we will call the patient proportion for each hospital. This ratio serves as a proxy for how effectively hospitals are accommodating the surrounding veteran population.
A series of photos taken at retirement communities in Providence, RI and Boston, MA in an exploration of aging and the physical spaces provided for the elderly. All images were shot in black and white, 35mm film.