Ballpoint drawing, 18×24”
Began as a prompt by a professor to create works that would express how my upbringing affected me, and the work that defined the direction of my senior show for college. After several years of recurring dreams of finding abandoned rockets I had this idea that if I were to find one I’d have to build a treehouse in it, but then decided there’d need to be a tree through it first. So I began this drawing as an expression of the things planted in me (and all of us) during the formative years, things that are not supposed to be there. It became the first of many works addressing mental health and the internal condition, and a return to a childlike perspective. I used my favorite rocket – the Saturn 1 block 2 from the Space&Rocket Center in Huntsville as the centerpiece.