This body of work continues my previous exploration of the representation of “the girl” as a particular figure in American society. But what is a “girl”? And how does she come to understand herself outside of the preconceived notions of society? What are the demands and constrictions that she faces? And how does she find joy in spite of them? What are the high school experiences of a girl? And how do those experiences prepare her for a world organized against her? How does she relate, show love, and respect towards others? How can we celebrate girls’ shared experiences, resilience, and resistance in the face of crises that have become ordinary?

Return is an ongoing collaboration with Chicago Public High Schools’ students through CPS Lives Artist Residency. CPS Lives is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that pairs Chicago artists, designers, thinkers and makers with a Chicago Public School during the academic year to collaborate on a project, sharing the unique and individual story of each Chicago Public School.