I found a love for both art and science through spending time outside in nature as a kid. I liked to observe the plants and animals in the woods behind my house but I also enjoyed manipulating materials from outside like clay, twigs, and grass reeds.
I’ve always had an interest in anatomy. That interest probably began in high school when we were learning to draw the figure. I later started questioning different elements of human anatomy such as skin, muscles, and bones and our very knowledgeable, yet still lacking, understanding of our physical existence. The skin is a boundary between us and the world around us, but it is permeable. Just consider the microbes, light, water, and nutrients that are ingested through the mouth, or the air brought in through the nose. Our external body plays a large role in the way that we see ourselves, it is the image of self and individuality. However, I am constantly rediscovering the relative permanence that we interpret as the self or the individual is a fleeting notion. We think of ourselves as an individual entity, but in truth nothing is individual, and nothing is separable from the systems that support its existence.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
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