In this thesis I examine the progression of my artistic practice to be one that is both culturally and community oriented. By being introspective about my own roots and heritage, I become informed to draw connections between the symbols and icons of ancient and modern civilizations. Small metal cutouts and large-scale installation become my primary methods of creating. In my projects I seek to understand the meaning and limits of memory, and the power of building community. The end result is the search for eternal life; The desire to prolong the existence and beauty of humanity far into the future.