Mr. Rogers: Now More Than Ever was created for my senior thesis. In my thesis, I wanted to highlight some of those important and special moments that Rogers purposely created for the children watching his television show. Mr. Rogers understood how children thought and learned from the world around them, and that is what interested me the most.
I am interested in how media effects and shapes a person's childhood. I find that my work speaks to that child still within me. It can be seen as playful and not in perfect form. I love playing with shapes and color that can be relatable to children in a narrative sense, and also touch on folk art that I enjoy looking at. When I came up with the idea of making paper puppets, it was a way for me to continue drawing connections back to Mr. Rogers and the children’s television I grew up loving.