November - Will be leading a workshop with other members of Creative Action team at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.
May 11 - Showed excerpts of recent animation work at Deathless Live, an album release event for the band Deathless Gods with Human Bods.
April 11-23 - Lived and worked as an artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Documentation coming soon.
April 8+10 - Invited to speak at Otis College of Art and Design about my work with the Creative Action team.
March 20-24 - Anicca has its eleventh and final public screening at ArtFIFA (Festival International du Film sur l'Art) in Montreal, Canada.
Feb - JusticeLA, a coalition with which I had worked since September 2017, won a major victory, shifting the plan to build a mental health jail into a plan for a hospital, and halting the construction of a 1600-bed women’s jail in Lancaster, CA. Coverage in LA Times.
Jan-April - Launched Common Threads, a fiber arts collective and skillshare, in collaboration with artist Jasmine Nyende. Participants shared fiber art skills and reflect on incarceration as we turned a jail bed into a loom. Curated the final pieces which are showing at Angel’s Gate Brewery in San Pedro, CA from April-June 2019 as part of the exhibition “Qué Ganas de Existir”.
All year - Employed by JusticeLA as coordinator for Creative Action team, a group of artists dedicated to fighting L.A. County's $3.5 billion jail expansion plan. Produced events ranging from a block party in June to an abolitionist summit in December, creating spaces for reflection, healing, and mobilization against incarceration in L.A. County.
August - what is always there (password: sxch) premiered at San Diego Underground Film Festival.
May - Released commissioned video about police murders in LA County commissioned by Patrisse Cullors and Dignity and Power NOW
April - Anicca had its tenth public screening at Atlanta Film Festival in Atlanta, GA.
Feb - Released commissioned video about incarceration of parents under guidance of Patrisse Cullors and dream hampton.
Nov-Dec - Coordinator for 100+ artists in #JailBedDrop action by JusticeLA, a 40+ organization coalition against LA County's $3.5 billion jail expansion plan. Coverage on JusticeLANow.org, The Root, and LA Times.
Dec - Completed the short experimental animated film what is always there (password: sxch).
Oct - One-day animations posted frequently on Instagram here.
Oct 19-22 - Anicca screens at San Francisco Dance Film Festival at Brava Theatre in San Francisco, CA.
Sep 9-16 - Anicca screens at Split Film Festival in Split, Croatia.
July - Anicca screens at LifeArt Media Festival (7/10-12 Athens, Greece) and Nonplussed Fest (7/14-16 Los Angeles, CA).
June - Completed boids, a collaboration with Rosie Tucker, in three days. rustle shows at Experimental Realities: an Exhibition of Interactive, Responsive, and Projected Art on June 14th during E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. PA and stand-in work on set for Bjork's "The Gate" music video (dir. Andrew Thomas Huang).
April - Anicca selected for Ivy Film Festival (4/14-15 Providence, RI) and Adobe First Frame (4/21 Los Angeles, CA). West Adams selected for VRSC Fest (4/21 Los Angeles, CA). Received Discovery Scholar distinction for "exceptional artistic works" from University of Southern California.
March - Completed West Adams (29th and Halldale), a 360 rotoscope animation project funded by the Jaunt Cinematic VR Lab.
Jan-Apr - Creative/director’s assistant to Andrew Thomas Huang - VFX generalist (editing, rotoscope, camera and facial tracking, motion capture, photogrammetry), grant research, treatment design. Worked on Andrew's short film "Flesh Nest" and music video for Perfume Genius's "Slip Away".
December - Graduated from University of Southern California (B.A. in Animation and Digital Arts) with a Trustee Scholarship.
August - Jaunt Cinematic VR Lab awards grant to create “West Adams (29th and Halldale)". Production begins.
May - Anicca completed as senior thesis in Animation and Digital Arts at University of Southern California.
April - Early draft of Anicca wins 1st Place in 360 Animation at VRSC Fest with a generous award from Disney.
July - Received a generous grant from the Princess Grace Foundation to create my thesis film (Anicca). Production begins.
Dec - "St. Francis of Assisi", a photo of a tree in St. Francis's hermitage, printed on linen paper with liquid silver emulsion, and "Unfurl," three sculptures in marble of hands mounted on steel poles, are selected to exhibited at Studio Art Centres International in Florence, Italy. "Interviews on Death," an audio installation piece, exhibits at La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy.
Sep-Dec - Studied in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centres International. Completed four B+W film photo series, five sculptures in marble, and an installation piece.
May-Aug - Internship at VT Pro Design. Created and designed content for concerts and events for clients including Skrillex, ComicCon, Autodesk, Redbull, and the United Nations.
April - Assistant projectionist with legendary projection art collective Single Wing Turquoise Bird on two performances at University of Southern California. "Scintillate" screens at Art Share Los Angeles as part of "BANG!", a performance by Sokamba Performing Arts Company.
Education - Graduated in 2012 from Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in the Media Department, where I completed, among others, the short films "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (2012), "Driftwood" (2012), and "Preview" (2011). In my senior year, I taught a semester-long workshop on stopmotion animation (student work here).
Arts - Studied film for four years at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Played keys for six years (2007-2012) in the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, performing at famous jazz festivals, clubs, and public art events throughout the Bay Area. Played classical piano for eight years and danced ballet for six years, including three years at the San Francisco Ballet School.
Outdoors - Worked for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy under the National Park Service as a Restoration Youth Crew intern (2012) restoring native habitats of the San Francisco Bay Area, and and a Habitat Restoration Technician and Volunteer Manager (2013) managing and educating volunteer groups on the ecosystem of Muir Woods and Muir Creek and its restoration process. Received National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) certification in 2013.
Languages - Bilingual native speaker of English and Spanish. Conversational Italian and basic Russian.