This spring I was honored to be invited to participate in a project organized by the Amplifier Foundation in partnership with the Unshuttered Program of The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Centered around the theme “Reconnecting with___”, this campaign invited student photographers from around the country to submit original photographs capturing who and/or what they were reconnecting with since the pandemic (themselves, nature, family, etc.).
I worked alongside top curators from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Amplifier staff and seven other incredible artists to select 20 winning photographs. We then worked with the winning photographers to transform their photographs into Amplifier-style artworks. Both the photographs and the final artworks are now on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum through October 16!
You can see the full size artwork, photographs and more information about the project through this link.
On a more personal note, I have been reflecting a lot on what it means to push my comfort level as an artist. When I accepted this project, I had never really drawn people before - it’s a subject I usually avoid! While it was probably the hardest project I have completed, I am really grateful that I accepted the challenge. The longer I do this work, the more I realize how much the “practice” part of my art practice is really key to developing skills and technique. I’m so grateful to the Amplifier Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Museum for making this project possible and for inviting me to be a part of it!