In my recent body of work, I have been exploring functional forms through a lens of body neutrality and body acceptance. Clothing has always played a major role in how I carry myself. When I discover elements of clothing that make me feel confident and assertive, such as chunky platform shoes, I consider ways to merge those elements in my functional forms. As someone who has struggled with body image for the majority of my life, I enjoy making forms that often take up more space than necessary or are caged and reveal a smaller vessel underneath. It is important that these forms are functional and available for daily use, as this mindset is something that I have to confront regularly. I typically look to sportswear and early 2000’s cartoons to inform my color choices as they are reminiscent of my childhood; when I was first learning how to be comfortable in this body.