Nominated by Northern Illinois University As a child, my inability to speak had me placed into a special preschool in order to stop speaking gibberish. While my ability to speak has improved, I don’t think I ever mastered the process of taking what is in my head and moving it to my mouth to speak. My work brings personal experiences, thoughts, and memories from my mental space into physical space to share with others. My current body of work was created while I was taking care of my grandmother, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 uterine cancer. It was a way for me to digest and accept her eventual passing. Image: Thirty Miles, 2014.