Born and raised in Queens, New York City has been a major inspiration for most of my projects. New York exemplifies the idea of the multicultural and multi-dimensional metropolis. Life experience has given me a sense of internal Diaspora. I am not directly rooted to one space but rather rooted to the consistent chaos, exchange of contemporary ideas and culture blending with history. For my life as an artist, the constant influx of changing immigrant and international culture, the visual as life and as lived experience, has been a crucial learning experience. As a young American living under the influence of media and technology as the center of 'culture', , I believe that we now live in a society defined by what Jean Baudrillard called 'hyperreality' or 'simulacra'. In a time when visual culture and images are so influential and readily accessed, it is essential to explore and understand how they work as symbolic production.
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