Student Union Mural

In spring 2020 I began meeting with the directors of the University of Texas Student Union. I created an original artwork based on my own college experience. As a fresh graduate reflecting on her past years I wanted to encompass both the dark and the light of this time in my life. University felt like both exploring the unknown and also like being lost in it. I felt the sun going down in the woods was a beautiful metaphor for this, one could view it as a beautiful moment end or a dangerous time when the creatures of the darkness emerge. In the same vein of thought, I painted magical fireflies with the same glow as the eyes of dangerous coyotes so that one isn't sure which is which until further inspection. It was also important to me to feature actual students so that fellow students would really feel connected and reflected in their surroundings. This mural features fellow students Danielle Henderson and Juan Leyva. Work was put on pause during the Covid-19 situation but I was able to work with the school to complete it while everyone had been sent home from school for online learning. Read more at https://finearts.utexas.edu/news/studio-art-graduate-paints-mural-texas-union

Roxolana next to Texas Union Mural
Roxolana next to Texas Union Mural

Completed mural
Completed mural

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Oasis Resort

Walt Disney Imaginations Competition 

2019 Finalist

 

I worked on this intensive project with teammates Juan Felipe Suarez Padilla, Nicole Bariuan, and Scia Verma for the 2019 Imaginations Competition. Our team emerged as one of the top 6 from hundreds of applicants across the nation. The prompt this year was to design a resort or theme park based on one of the wonders of the world for a design contest through Walt Disney Imagineering. 
 

"Inspired by the rich stories surrounding the existence of the Hanging Gardens amidst Babylonian Culture, Oasis is an enchanting experience drawing from both contemporary Arabic and ancient Mesopotamian culture. The resort mirrors a living oasis – epitomizing the vision of a completely sustainable ecosystem in the midst of an arid climate."

Overview of the resort
Overview of the resort

The main building is in the center and is surrounded by pools, gardens and many small villas for guests. The main building is called Kirimahu, an old Mesopotamian word describing a pleasure garden as the umbilical chord between heaven and earth.

Daytime activities
Daytime activities

This piece shows multiple activities that can be done at the resort during the daytime such as garden excursions, fun in the pool, and exploring cultural artifact replicas.

Surprise at the end of the secret pathway
Surprise at the end of the secret pathway

At the end, the guest finds themselves in a cave resembling a town in the open outdoors. They find themselves transported to a town from long ago. Here we emphasize ancient building methods and excite the explorer within.

Overview of the resort
Overview of the resort

The main building is in the center and is surrounded by pools, gardens and many small villas for guests. The main building is called Kirimahu, an old Mesopotamian word describing a pleasure garden as the umbilical chord between heaven and earth.

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Biters

This is a story board sequence I did while working with graduate film student Matt Sherwood on his film "Biters" which is still in progress. "Biters" is a short horror film about a surfer who finds herself infected by a parasite after bumping into an infected bull corpse floating in the ocean. She spends the next few days noticing changes in her body and is horrified by what she finds. After a battle with the small beast she ends up with permanent damage in  her inner ears and is informed she will be unable to surf again as a result.

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