This symbol, which is a blend of indigenous Taino imagery from the Dominican Republic and Ancient Etruscan references from Rome, is a symbol I developed to represent my work and identity. It features Atabey, the Taino goddess of fertility and the earth, the Taino symbol of the sun and Etruscan concentric circles, olive leaves, and the colors on the Italian flag and the Dominican flag.
Based off of a sketchbook doodle and rendered digitally.
What Makes You Feel Empowered?
Social Media Project
This project developed as a response to the election results in the US in 2016. After the turmoil of the presidential campaign, the rhetoric used throughout President Agent Orange's campaign caused a peak in hate crimes and discrimination aimed towards minorities. To reclaim some of the power and strength that felt fragile during this time, I decided to talk to strangers on the street and the internet, as well as friends and family, to have them give a brief statement of what made them feel empowered. I paired the statements with images either taken by myself or that the person submitted, to create an Instagram feed of people feeling empowered by who they are. I was inspired by the work of Brandon Stanton who created "Humans of New York."