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Welcome to ZEN. 

Silence, please.


Please take three minutes to sit quietly and think about anything that is worrying you, causing you stress, or needs your attention. 


The garden has four cardinal markers: a white stone, a black stone, a green stone, and a purple stone, and geographic points. 

Everyone, please use the chatbox to direct how the rake moves through the sand. Use the markers to indicate which direction the rake should move in, and the words start or stop.


With these parameters in mind, use any language you see fit. 


Keep in mind that this is a meditative experience, but other participants may have a different idea about how the rake should move as you will all be mediating and directing at once. 


The meditation begins now.

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All of the sand is raked. 

ZEN is complete.

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May 2020

As an art school senior, my final projects shifted to accommodate the new normal of quarantine. ZEN, the final for my immersive experience lab, began as a project idea I would have liked to do in person which I then transferred to a remote format. The experience includes three main components; a makeshift top-down filming rig for an iPad, a 31"x31" sand garden, and the video conferencing application Zoom. I wanted to create an experience that addresses how people are currently dealing with anxiety or sadness by finding distractions online, so the zen garden builds on that by allowing the audience to vicariously have a meditative experience as they control someone raking sand on the other side of a zoom call. While perhaps a little dystopian in the implication that everyone relies solely on the internet for stress relief, it gives the participants a sense of control which can be very therapeutic when so many things are out of individual control. The experience begins with the opening text in the Soom chatbox (seen above) introducing the participants to ZEN. Participants use the chatbox to direct how I rake the sand, creating a collaborative pattern. When all of the sand is raked, "ZEN is complete" appears in the chatbox.


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November-December 2019

Lumiline, or luminescent line, began as an interactive piece specifically designed for the ARTHAUL mobile art show. Ideation began with recognizing the restrictions of installing an art piece in a moving truck, which partially determines the size and requires modularity. One of my favorite light related activities is writing in the air with sparklers at night, so I wanted to develop a similar light-drawing method that would last longer but could constantly be changed. The pegboards were designed in Rhino and fabricated on a laser cutter so that they could be easily be replicated to fill a whole wall if the space was ever available. While the EL wire is attached to each board, the mylar strips are completely free and can be incorporated into a drawing on any of the boards. First exhibited in the ARTHAUL show, Lumiline was later shown at Le Mondo in Baltimore for the interactive arts Wunderkammer show.



December 2019

Artists and makers from all disciplines are familiar with the panic that follows someone saying "Oh! Let me look at your sketchbook!". Sketchbook Surgery is my ode to how a person looking at a sketchbook without permission can emotionally, mentally, and spiritually cross a very real, and serious boundary line. The interactive experience begins with participants selecting a completely sealed sketchbook from the "waiting room". They are then directed to a small room with directions and a surgical work table. In order for the sketches to be seen, it must be sliced open with a scalpel as a reminder of how intrusive it is to look into an artist's sketchbook, the physical embodiment of their mental process. After slicing open the book and exploring the contents, the participant, now surgeon, has the option to use a variety of medical supplies to close up the "wound". The sketchbook patient is then returned to the waiting room where it originally sat. 

Future showings of the piece will include a wider variety of sketchbooks to choose from and "nurses" to help guide and immerse the participants.

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