•  As both an artist and aspiring scientist, I understand that messiness is an important aspect in making discoveries, yet kids are taught from a young age that it is imperative to be organized, write neatly, and rid all messy aspects of their lives. I wanted to use acid to burn through people’s usual perceptions of messiness and reveal how it can bring about innovation.
    ​          I added acid to a messy stack of papers of messy notes with paint splotches hidden within. The acid reacted with the ink from the notes to form a black goo, while the paint remained unreacted and shone through the blackness. The paint splotches represent the innovation that is found through messiness, which is represented by the messy notes. I then juxtaposed this messy stack and a neat, white stack of neat notes. The messy stack presented more room for creation than the neat stack, which was depicted as plain. I don’t believe that messiness should be replaced by neatness, but rather it needs to be embraced to encourage innovation.
  • The notes that the piles are comprised of are all real notes that I have taken. In the neat pile, I included notes from the time when I was obsessed with making every letter perfect and neat. The first small page is math notes that I took in my algebra 2/trigonometry class. While I do believe having legible notes is necessary for proper learning, I found the extra effort that I put in to make them this neat and organized was unnecessary. The messy pile is comprised of copies of pages from my art sketchbook, where I sometimes write another layer of notes over an old page of notes, or draw little doodles on the side. I did whatever my mind felt like doing and didn't bother whether or not other people could read it. The messy doodles that I made were ways for me to keep my mind moving and help my creation of ideas.