Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I am currently a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in painting. When I am not in my painting studio, I am listening to Fleetwood Mac or reading about criminal psychology. I have a love for the supernatural, mysteries, and a thirst to delve into the human psyche.
When you create, what inspires you?
My studio practice examines the complexities of the human psyche in its relationship to verbal, as well as nonverbal, interactions. My work is mostly figurative with psychological elements. It relies heavily on the relationship between the figure(s) and the viewer. I aim to evoke a visceral emotion in the viewer such as empathy, confusion, joy or sometimes, even rage. An underlying question in my work is can we ever truly know someone to the deepest fiber of their being?
I have always been mesmerized by human beings. It’s captivating to not only watch an individual’s behavior and interactions; but to also ponder what is going on in their mind. It’s intriguing to contemplate that no matter how close we perceive our relationships and interactions to be- we can never truly fathom precisely what another person is thinking at any given time.
Everything inspires me. I’m an avid people watcher and could watch for hours. Anything- even the way they furrow their brow with thought of confusion, or the way they walk, the gossip they’re discussing, you name it-could be observed and then portrayed in a future painting.
What is your medium of choice? Why?
Ahh, this is such a difficult question! If I had to choose in an order, it would be oil paint and etchings! Oil paint allows me to manipulate my visuals in a smooth way, and I love experimenting with mediums such as linseed oil, stand oil and dammer varnish. Etchings are so rewarding for me because they bring me back to another time, much like making lithographs. I love the history behind printmaking. I’ve recently been making etchings based off of Freud’s case studies on hysteria.
How did you first discover your love for creating?
I think I was somewhere on the edge of three years old. I was very shy as a child and never really liked sports in school! Art classes in school were always my favorite subject!
fēlan is old English for feel. What makes you feel amusement?
The little things. I have a very dry sense of humor and tend to be amused by the most bizarre of things.
But, I’m also addicted to It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia.