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Hey, all.  So if you know me personally, you know why I make art.  But a lot of people out there don’t know my story.  Actually, even some people who I consider close friends still don’t really understand what it means when I say that I have a heart transplant.  So I’ve added a video page to my website, where I will be posting all major video features that have been done of myself and my work.

I invite you to take a look and watch a few.  I have been living with a heart transplant for over 23 years now, and that affects my world in ways that I can’t even begin to explain.  A main reason I began making art is because I cannot truly put into words how I feel about it all.  If you watch any, feel free to send me any feedback, comments, or questions.

I am very open about my medical experiences and want to educate as many people as possible about what it is like not only to be a transplant patient, but also an artist working with a medical disability.

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Things this month have been absolutely amazing and absolutely busy! I am proud to announce that I am the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 VSA Young Emerging Artist Program with the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.! This year’s theme was “The Journey,” and prompted artists to submit their work that concerned their own personal journeys living with a disability. With this award, my piece is exhibited in the Smithsonian in Washington, it is also part of a nationally traveling exhibition, and I receive a cash prize of $20,000. I have been invited, along with the other 14 winners, to attend a Congressional Reception in January so I’m already starting to plan my outfit! I am extremely honored to be receiving this award and am so excited to see what this next year holds for me.1622843_10152345255192694_5115025851877106456_n

My winning papercut sculpture, Never Stopping, deals with my experiences as a heart transplant recipient, specifically the overwhelming feelings related to my physical issues as well as the desire for healing. The entire original sculpture is about 16 ft in height and is made entirely of handcut paper. I also added screenprinted cutouts of hands, legs, oranges, and bananas. These symbolize offerings and milagros, or physical representations of intentions. The idea behind it was for the viewer to become overwhelmed with the structure, in order to mimic my own feelings. For the Kennedy Center, I brought the piece down to a smaller scale, which you can see in the photo.me

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Never Stopping

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My transplant is a major part of my life, and I am open to any questions readers might have. I received my heart at the age of 14 months at New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. That transplant team became my family, and I am always going back every now and then to visit. They still follow up with me and my procedure results even though I have switched to the cardiology team at UPMC Children’s Hospital. Right now, I still have my original heart making my transplant one of the oldest single organ transplants in the country.

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Victoria Beckham:

Ugh: Ok, what happened here with the hat?  Really, it was the only huge critique I have for her collection.  Victoria, everything is beautiful but this one huge item.  I’m sorry, but I’m not a believer in the large floppy hat.  It’s reserved for when you go to the beach and should never be worn otherwise.

Love: This whole collection was one of my favorites so far.  This look is so goth, so wonderful, and so me.  The bra looks chic even though it’s giving off bondage vibes.  Bottom line: I want this look since it’s totally wearable.

Derek Quinn

Ugh: Ladies, have we reached the point of feminism where it’s now acceptable to dress as a Maxi Pad?  No.  We haven’t.  And never will.  What’s worse than a Maxi Pad dress is a Chrome Maxi Pad dress.

Love:  Everything about this is so right.  It has a bit of tuxedo in the collar which gives a slightly masculine tone.  The red is vibrant, but not overbearing since everything is kept so simple.  Perfect.

SUNO

Ugh: This is a trend I’ve been noticing: the whole mismatched-blocks-tattered-whatever look.  I’m not even sure how to describe it.  It’s blocky, but not in the good way.  This is everything wrong about that trend seeing as how nothing matches.  I guess at least it’s monochromatic but really this doesn’t work.  If I saw someone wearing this I would assume they were homeless and got hold of a sewing machine.

Love: Lovely and fresh for spring.  The pattern is great.  That’s the thing about patterns: they can go so wrong but this is a balance of color and pattern that just works.  I love the small sliver of skin peeking out.  It’s somewhat conservative but still sexy.

TOCCA

Ugh: First of all, this is a bad photo.  Whoever shot it hates this model because she should not look like this.  In my mind, there are so many things gone wrong with this look.  To begin, the presentation.  In a runway show, everything should look the best it will ever look.  Here, it’s showing you how not to wear the clothes.  The legs are too much with the shoes and the blazer.  Also, I’m not a fan of the ill-fitting blazer on this girl.  She should at least try to get one her size if she’s wearing shorts.

Love: This is so similar to the look I hate, but it just shows that slight changes can make all the difference.  Those shoes should be in my closet.  They’re simple and great with a tuxedo/suit on any woman.  I love this outfit because it is a mix of Audrey Hepburn’s look in Funny Face with a 1970’s bodysuit.  All black is classic and always elegant, too.

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Ugh: VISORS??  REALLY?  I thought this was done and over with years ago.  I’m not working at any food establishment and it isn’t going to work for me.  Sorry.  Also, the fanny pack isn’t working for me either with the swimsuit.  I guess if I’m walking around some amusement park in the middle of summer I’ll wear a fanny pack and visor with my bathing suit.  Other than that, keep it away from me.

Love: I want this look.  No, I want this T-shirt.  It’s so timeless DKNY and reminds me of the outfits my sister would wear back in 1996 when she would roam around New York.  This never goes out of style.  It’s given a modern look with the silver skirt that works.

Note: all photos are from Style.com

Ok, readers I’m in big need of your help!

I’m a semifinalist in the Project Style Contest 2012 at the Mall at Robinson here in Pittsburgh.  It’s Round 2 and I’m in need of as many votes as possible.  Dates to vote: June 15- June 30.

You can vote 1 time per day.  It’s easy: just create a profile and vote!

The final prize if I can get through each round is a trip to NYC Fashion Week!  So please help me out and vote!  Show some love to a blogger and stylist in need 🙂

Here’s my outfit and entry video just in case you were wondering:

Shirt: H&M, $17.95
Pants: Delia’s, $39.50
Earrings: H&M, $5.95
Necklace: H&M, $9.95
Nail Polish: H&M, $4.95
*Personal Item: My grandmother’s gold chained belt.
White Flowers: H&M, $3.95
Neon Flowers: H&M, $3.95
Golden Hair Comb: H&M, $5.95
Sunglasses: H&M, $9.95
Shoes: H&M, $17.95
Corazon Bracelet: BCBGeneration via Macy’s, $18

Oh and just so you all know, I’ve been tapping into the DIY trend lately.  I painted the bottom of my sneakers with some nail polish I bought at H&M.  Let’s me change the color as much as I want and get a good manicure, too!

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