Janet's Open Road


    Women In STEM


    Boston, MA



“The thing I had to teach myself was how to hear my own voice. I didn't even know it! You have to hear your voice before you can follow it.”


Art Design


Hard Work Perseverance Self-Reflection Exploration Passion Risk Education Inspiration Choices Community


Being Creative


art, Bali, censoring, challenge, community, compromise, computer science, curiosity, decisions, dream, experimentation, failure, fear, listen, painting, rejection, risk, school, science, sculpture


  • When asked to describe her job in one sentence, she says: “I go to cities and create spaces where people can come together.”
  • Her sculptural artworks are massive, soft, multi-layered forms made up of different kinds of fibers, often displayed in public spaces like parks or town squares.
  • When she told her mother that she wanted to be an artist, her mom said, “That’s a great aspiration; now go make 100 paintings.”
  • She said the message behind it was, “this is a great thing to aspire to, and I support you, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and persistence.”
  • She was rejected from all seven art schools she applied to, but she says that devising her own education in the arts ended up being much more authentic and fulfilling.
  • She originally started out as a painter, but after college she took a trip to Bali, and when she tried to ship all of her paint supplies there, they got lost in the mail.
  • As a result, she started looking around for new materials to use to create art, and she started making sculptures from the local fishermen’s nets.
  • She gets a lot of her inspiration from nature, but she executes her vision at scale with help from computer science and engineering technologies.

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