My work is painted research, investigating how we construct social identities within a smart-phone culture defined by overstimulation and self-presentation. The work forms an embodied space: a portrait told through imagery, aesthetic, and materiality. I use graphic design, diaristic doodling, and the contrast between formal and informal materials to construct an unsure and actively-maturing voice. Through this exaggerated voice I question how artists are identified in their work as well as where we draw the line between “art” and “other.” Tension is a critical device – between the digital and the manual, the commodified and the authentic, the individual and the communal. I investigate the possibility for originality or authenticity by dissecting my own experiences. While I am critical, I also make a point to enjoy the moments of resistance, humor, and connection which manage to emerge out of contemporary popular culture.