Connector of dots.

Terribly human.


Survivor’s Guilt  ✶  2021
“Even the thickest skin has its breaking point”

Survivor’s Guilt
is the first piece in an ongoing series of digital artworks that explore the depths of internal and external unrest. With this body of work, I set out to encapsulate the tumultuous state of being one often finds him-/her-/themself in when dealing with burden & despair. The wealth of emotions, or lack therof. The viscerality, the crudeness.

In other words, this is my rawest attempt at synthesizing, reflecting on, and coping with a year bellowing in obscurity. 

✦  Featured in the global release of Wailing Walls

      Buyin’ (Back) the Block  ✶  2020

Buyin’ (Back) the Block is a tale of discovery, contextualization, and above all else, reclamation. The project explores modes of existence that make being Black in America an unequivocally unique experience. This ever-expanding body of work is chronicled within three interrelated modalities: the physical, the economic, and the mental. The Physical is an examination of the imposed and self-imposed frameworks habitually placed on the Black body. The Economic looks at the dispossession of Black currency, regarding cultural artifacts and the literal dollar. The Mental highlights the ways our current state of being, as a collective, has the power to weigh heavily on the psyche of the individual. Through outlining these three distinct but tightly interwoven threads, Buyin’ (Back) the Block sets out to reclaim what has been taken while underscoring triumphs that can never be seized.

This endeavor has always been much bigger than a thesis for me. I live these truths–– they amass my being. In conversation with those who look like me, I am here to celebrate a world of beauty, one that so happens to have an ugly backdrop. From uneven sidewalks that line these inner-city blocks to rarely re-painted schoolyards, there is undisputed worth present... Our spaces and our circumstances, albeit often not ideal, reflect our resilience, our ingenuity. By referencing the past and documenting the present, Buyin’ (Back) the Block pushes to demythologize our shared future.

      disRegarded  ✶  2019

disRegarded is an initiative that aims to bring those on the ‘fringe of society’ back into the “societal fold”–– but the ultimate goal is to aid in them doing so on their own terms.

Feasibility was my biggest obstacle with this project. There are many groups of people in need, and each of them have specific desires/necessities, on both the collective and singular levels. With this undertaking, I quickly realized I had to get more precise with my approach. At this point in time, disRegarded looks at aiding the homeless population of New York City in particular, with hopes to expand to other areas and groups in the not-so-distant future. 

The project itself takes the form of an integrative mobile application that would assist homeless individuals in all five boroughs. I conducted about 17 hours of on-site research before even entering the  development stage. At the time, I not only spoke to the members of my target audience but organizers, volunteers, and overcomers as well. After collecting information and hearing various impactful testimonies, I, then, injected several opportunities and resources into one comprehensive place that those who are suffering can turn to, whenever they so choose. I wanted for there to be a hub, one in which these people can go to find anything from soup kitchens to résumé-building classes that are at their disposal.

Wailing Wall  ✶  2019 –– 2020

Using the t-shirt as canvas, I wanted to speak to a reality that is incredibly insidious by nature (no matter how one looks at it). Wailing Walls is what resulted.

The front of the shirt features embroidered text that roughly reads “The Wall is no longer the one wailing. How quick they’re to forget” in Hebrew, & under, a cupped hand catching a single teardrop is pictured. On the left sleeve, additional text pointedly reads “UNO_CUPY PALESTINE,” utilizing the pre-existing stylized ‘C’ to complete the message. The back of the shirt features a silkscreened graphic depicting a Palestinian woman whose visible eye tells a story that‘s equal parts powerful and haunting. This printed image will crack over time— the poetics surrounding such an occurrence speak to all that the people of Palestine have endured.

35% of the profits will be donated to Islamic Aid (Palestine appeal). The rest will go towards making more shirts. By the last round of shirts, my goal is to send 100% of the proceeds to Islamic Aid & other organizations dedicated to aiding all of those impacted.

Occupation is criminal, inhumane, and needs to come to an absolute end globally. FREE PALESTINE & the countless other occupied territories worldwide.

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Serial: A Glitch in the System  ✶  2018

Serial: A Glitch in the System was created in direct response to El Lissitzky’s "Topography of Typography" (1923). In his famed text, the artist & designer predicts the modes by which type would be read and written from that point onward. Ultimately, he posits that “the new book demands the new writer.”

Serial takes the form of eight posters, each standing as both an interpretation and a critique of the eight tenants found in the manifesto. The advent of Lissitzky’s once theoretical ‘ELECTROLIBRARY’ truly came to be, taking form in our modern phones, tablets, and computers. These creations are often solely seen as a feat of human ingenuity; Serial: A Glitch in the System calls such posturing into question. Highlighting the brokenness & detachment that is ever-present within the digital sphere, this poster series unearths issues that wishful Lissitzky could have never foreseen.

Aesthetically, this project isn’t indicative of my current design acumen (personally, I dislike monospaced type). Regardless, I still show Serial because I believe it serves as  testament, to the way in which I approach design conceptually.

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Designer.  Communicator.  Connector of dots. Terribly human.