Inspired by the first responders of the 9/11 tragedy, I trained to be a paramedic and, later, a community organizer through a program focused on art and spirituality.
While leading teams at a social work agency to develop homes for persons with disabilities, I stumbled across Noisebridge - a community space that offered classes to learn programming and use electronics to build cool stuff. I was hooked - here I could directly make a positive difference.
Since then, I've dedicated myself to make things that inspire and empower indivudals in areas of the mind, body, and spirit through code and IoT.
In Progress: "Lumenary"
A Modern-Day Cosmological Illuminated Manuscript
Appearing at the Portland Winter Light Festival [ Feb 7 - 9, 2019 ]
Lumenary is an art piece which invites the viewer to consider the holistic and interconnected nature of the cosmos, body and spirit, while raising consideration of the latter in terms of artificial intelligence.
Lumenary offers a modern interpretation of illuminated manuscripts created in medieval times by the mystic philosopher and feminist Hildegard of Birgen, who celebrated the sublime and transcendent through creative expression, voiced her authentic voice, and used art to convey abstract concepts while engaging and supporting the community.
This sculpture enters that timeless cosmological conversation by introducing relevant modern-day subjects, such as robots with AI, and new artistic materials that capture the eye and engage the mind, body, and spirit. Created with glass, acrylic, wood and metal; alchemy magic added with LEDs, microcontrollers, sensors, and motors built with love and by hand using laser cutting, hand tools, and Norwegian Karveskurd chip carving techniques.
Read all about my process of building it here.Lumenary Make Process
Serverless SPA w/ Lambda, DynamoDB, Cognito, S3, CloudFront, React/Router, and more.. [ Code ]