MICA Competitive Scholarship 2018-2019

  • head trip (2018)
    Digital Video (Cinema 4D for 3D Visuals, Premiere Pro for assembly, and Logic Pro X for Musical Composition)

           I want the process of my work to depend on play, collaboration, and fun, similar to the improvisation of jazz musicians working together to create a spontaneous, yet highly skilled and textured composition. It champions the love for making. The product of this process should not only capture that curiosity and enjoyment, but inspire the audience to fully immerse themselves within it and gain pleasure from it, rather than be intimidated by it. 

           In my piece, Head-Trip, I utilize moving image and motion graphics because it captivates my own attention and curiosity, and I suspect it will do the same for my viewer in a more effective way than painting or sculpture.

  • 'Life on the Range' by Sympathy - Album Artwork (2019)
    Digital (Cinema 4D, Photoshop)
  • 'Republicans' by Yee Haw Nation - Album Artwork (2019)
    Digital (Cinema 4D, Photoshop)
  • 'be the daddy' by bitski - Album Artwork (2019)
    Digital (Cinema 4D, Photoshop)
  • Tasty Tarot - Cards (2018)
    Digital and Print Media 3.5" x 2.5" (Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate)

           The definition of nostalgia is essentially "a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations", a concept that heavily inspired the aesthetics and concept of this work.

           This work is an exploration of nostalgia, play, and childhood memories in a 3D virtual space using the 3D rendering software Cinema4D. This is depicted through Tarot cards as they were historically used as game cards, but more recently used for divination concerning the past, present, and future. There is an emphasis on food, simple shapes and pastel scenes presented in an isometric view that draw from the aesthetics of children shows like Mr. Rogers or Sesame Street juxtaposed with darker, depressive themes for subversive humor.
  • CHISME! - A Game of Truths, Lies, and Celebrity Gossip (2018)
    Digital and Print Media (Photoshop, Illustrator, Chipboard, 3D-Printed Dice)

           Chisme means ‘Gossip’ in Spanish. In the social deduction game Chisme!® players roleplay as celebrity couples and it’s your job to figure out who the disloyal celebrity if you are a loyal spouse. If you are disloyal, you have to get away with cheating! Can you trust your partner, the tabloid news media, or other celebrity couples?

           I was in a group of four students and worked alongside Jenny Delacruz, Fabian Villa, and Carlos Romero. My contributions included overall game design and concept of the game, art direction, writing-designing-composing the content on the cards, and printing/assembling the game box, boards and cards. Everything was printed by us on cardstock besides the cards which were professionally printed, and the dice were 3D-Printed.