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The themes that I explore in my collages and sculptures include advertising imagery, beauty culture, and political identities. Many of the smaller works are tactile and inform me of what materials and color choices to combine in large-scale installations that are participatory. I use the term combine in the way that Robert Rauschenberg coined it, composing works that have a relationship between both 2D and 3D realms. Feminist artists also influence me, particularly the work of Cindy Sherman and Niki Saint Phalle. I embrace a do-it-yourself aesthetic in effort to challenge popular consumer values. I also assemble man-made materials in tandem with crafted objects to present humorous perspectives on American beliefs, identities, and stereotypes. My subjects represent materials that are spectacular but cheap. I collect sequins material and dollar store American flags and buntings, which become transformed when inserted into a collage or sculpture. It is through the process of combining materials, exploring caricature, and inviting peers to interact with the work that I challenge stereotypes and celebrate the materials that are immediately accessible.