Grounded in personal narrative, my works are abstractions that ruminate on vulnerability, material utility, and ideas of becoming. My studio practice involves concurrent investigations into the past and into the present. The series inspired by the past appropriates Egon Schiele compositions as a signifier of the male gaze. I repeat the female figures Schiele objectified, and reference each directly by appropriating Schiele’s title. The series focused on the present is inspired by images from daily news sources, such as the New York Times’ live streams, from which I capture figures in contour. This represents an earnest need to bear witness to current events, and wrestles with how we, as a society and as individuals, handle problematic cultural inheritance.