Freeport, located south of Houston on the Texas coast, is home to the beach that raised me. The anthropogenic pressures I witnessed unfold in my community, and the Gulf Coast waters surrounding it, still motivate how I navigate my artistic, academic, and professional career today. I have always desired to more deeply understand our place on this planet and the processes that connect each of us to it. My artistic endeavors are just one of the many ways in which I feed my desires, but I do it in hopes of inspiring others to see the world with a reinvigorated intensity.
"Life... is not all bad, but it is not all good, it is not all ugly, but it is not all beautiful... It is savage, cruel, kind, noble, passionate, selfish, generous, stupid, ugly, beautiful, painful, joyous--it is all these, and more..."
And I'm not even saying that I am a pessimist, but I wouldn't say I am an eternal optimist either. I am deeply enamored by and just as equally terrified by the world around me and every one/thing in it.
Bad Human is an exploration of the simple truths that reveal our common humanity. Deep down I'm just a poor kid from coastal Texas living the grad school life in Oregon. The more I learn about science, art, philosophy, and environmentalism through this academic lens, the more I realize that I can't possibly be doing this right. Life. The journey of humanity. The pursuit of knowledge.
But I want to.
And that's the positive part.
Most days I vacillate between feeling like a total badass, then realize that I'm just bad. At everything. Bad artist, story teller, terrible philosopher, and an even worst humanitarian and environmentalist.
A bad human. Just in general. But I don't wallow! I do not despair! I desire to be better, to do better, to make this blip in Earth's timeline a little better than it was a couple seconds ago.
The prose, poetry, art and photography you will find here center mostly around my current pursuits to become a better human.
THE bad human
Samm has been storytelling through various mediums since her childhood and has most recently focused her creative energy into pairing environmental humanities work with poetry, photography, acrylics, and watercolor. She has lived and worked in Corvallis since 2011 as a nonprofit professional and has worked with several local businesses and nonprofits as a graphic designer and creative consultant. Now at Oregon State University, she is currently a Masters Candidate in the new Environmental Arts and Humanities graduate program and is a fellow in the National Science Foundation's National Research Traineeship. She is also minoring in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification and Communication in Marine Systems.
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