Question: Do you see any themes emerging across your work?
Answer: Throughout the countless writing assignments I have completed in Integrative Seminar, I have noticed that in both subtle and overt ways I express deep concern for the rights and happiness of others- I aim to seek justice by exposing the many injustices of the world in my work. For instance; in my most recent assignment, I am exposing the way circus animals are treated through research and the making of an object to represent in Integrative Studio.
(Excerpt from “The Safety Bridge,” Research LP Post for Memory Made Visual Project, line 6): “Circus elephants in particular are taken from their natural, happy homes and herds in Africa- many times whilst still very young, robbed of mother’s nurture, family interaction, and hauled off to a life of forced performance and entertainment- even when ill, punished mentally and physically by ringmasters.”
Or; during the beginning of the year, I describe the horrors of mental health clinics treatment of patients (as I was a witness myself to them), even when I wrote about my peer in a found poetry assignment, she shared with me that in school she hardly had any friends- so I decided to begin the found poetry segment I made with a subtle suggestion of her struggle to find acceptance; my three anecdotes also touched upon a conversation littered with sexism I overheard in a Whole Foods. With all of that being said, I would say it is safe to conclude that altruism frequently becomes a theme in my work as a writer. After all it only makes sense- I used to defend troubled, convicted teens in a court system.