The artist who
aims at perfection
Growing up I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of science and art married together. Quite literally, my parents are both brilliant medical doctors — the two met in medical school — although my father is also a passionate musician, and my mother a vibrant artist. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, where I lived in two homes, moved to Los Angeles, California at sixteen, and attended college in Syracuse, New York for four years. Amidst constant change and movement in my life, I've gained memories, friends, and family from all over the world, all near & dear to my heart.
But having traveled and accumulated a diverse array of perspectives also means that I am always curious about the world around me, constantly seeking and absorbing what makes each person so distinct or special, how the universe works, and the meaning of life. I love hearing stories about people and the world, in the same way that I love expressing my story to communities around me and in which I belong.
So let me tell you my story.
Since I was young, I’ve connected with the world through art, philosophy, and logic. I'd spent my days writing poetry, playing piano, solving analytical problems (yes, for fun!), performing science experiments, directing theatrical productions, producing short films, exploring graphic design, and reading about astrophysics. And in the two decades I’ve lived thus far, I’ve learned quite a lot about myself and others. In my pursuit for understanding both the tangible and what is not, art is how I channel this curiosity, because it is also the art I experience daily that inspires me to look for meaning in everything I do and see.
This has led me to pursue computer science and computational physics at Syracuse University for my undergraduate education. While computer science to me is the art of building digital worlds and the technology necessary to create multifaceted software systems, physics as I perceive it defines a set of rules that govern motion and how things move relative to each other and within the realm of a universe. Throughout my study I have seen the many ways that numbers can be abstract and art precise yet still immensely vulnerable and personal.
Every day I look for ways to shape my lifelong goal of blending art and science in a most raw, human way: how can I use technology to bring out the human aspects of life in a digital, automated world?
I found the answer to my own question when I discovered the perfect intersection between computer science and computational physics: the field of computer graphics.
It wasn’t until recently that animation and CGI (computer generated imagery) changed the way we tell stories through art, both in the film production and video game industries. However, computer graphics extends far beyond animated movies and gaming. Computer graphics paved the way for digital modeling and simulation (think NASA and surgical imaging), visual computing (think virtual reality and facial recognition technology), and computational art (think highly advanced visual effects).
Computer graphics enables us to translate the technology we’ve built into what we know and are familiar with — something more human and less robotic — or, on the flip side, create more art using the robust power of technology.
Computer graphics, in other words, is math and science turned into art itself.
This is both my passion and my purpose. Wherever I end up in life, my dream is to build and engineer sophisticated computer graphics technologies that would enable more people to tell important, captivating stories and bring beautiful, powerful experiences to life. I want to tell stories that matter; stories that shed light on the meaning of life and the universe, and those that help people understand themselves, the world, and each other.
The goal isn't
to appeal to the masses.
The goal is to awaken.