Deodorant is a small pocket sized zine featuring step by step illustrations for applying deodorant.
4.25'' x 2.75''
The things someone carries and the bag they use to carry it all in can tell a lot about a person. Boys With Bags is an on-going zine that began out of curiosity. As a gay man who carries a bag almost everywhere I go, I often wondered what other LGBTQ+ men are carrying around with them on a daily basis. Boys With Bags helps to dispute the heteronormative idea that carrying a bag is only for women while challenging the socially constructed definition of masculinity.
Illustrations of various iconic store fronts and signage in Providence, RI, Attleboro, MA, Worcester, MA, and the surrounding areas. All done in gouache and ink.
A medication I was taking had caused the inside of my nose to become terribly dry. Consequently, I had become much more susceptible to nosebleeds. Whenever my nose bleeds, I no longer feel in control. To gain the control I feel as though I don’t have when I am bleeding, I decided to allow for the blood to drip on a piece of paper I held below my nose. The result was these, a series of self-portraits, in the most literal sense of the word. I like to think of this project as the first stage of embracing the things that I have no control over.
Whenever anyone is looking for something in my house, there is always a pile that we have to go through to find it. This is not to say we are messy people, but rather we collect things and seldom discard what we no longer need out of fear of needing it again in the future. These piles can be found in the kitchen, on a desk, in a cabinet, or even a bedroom closet. These piles are often communal, but sometimes belong to one individual and never anyone else. As a family, this had become a way of life. My mother always had a pile of mail, various bills, and store coupons on the kitchen counter that never becomes out of control, but never seems to disappear completely. This is an exploration of the various piles found in my home, narrating who we are as people by exposing where we have been, the things we have done, and the things we collect and deem important.
I never quite understood the relationship between creativity and selfcare in my own life until I lived in three different places. It was not until I lived in the most recent postal code that I realized that I may not have the ability to prioritize self care during times of creativity. In my own life, self care refers to putting myself first in situations involving my physical, mental, or emotional well-being. When a majority of my time becomes consumed with making and creating, I find it easy to push aside my personal needs in order to push through whatever project I am working on at the time; especially when I do not have anyone telling me what to do. While I believe that recognizing this is important, I still wonder which one is most important to prioritize.