"American culture places a high value on the rights of the individual. The tendency to give priority to
personal autonomy influences how our towns and cities look, as well as how our social and commercial
In this way, health care, transportation infrastructure, government, and education availability are
naturally a reflection of our values… like holding a mirror up to ourselves.
The aspect of “who we are” is the basis of this work. I used the traditional convention of portraiture as
the platform for these pieces.
Portraiture not only addresses the identity of an individual, but also the identity of the larger society.
As Americans, we like to encourage and highly praise individuality, however we are also very much the
same as each other - sometimes in ways that we are uncomfortable acknowledging."