I grew up feeling my strongest emotions silently due to my own fear of upsetting those I love most. In life I opt to remain silent when things are too difficult to say out loud. During 2019 I was able to reflect on this aspect of my personal life, and when I saw themes in my designs of inserting statements into physical public spaces, I saw I have been venting these frustrations the whole time. The beauty is that while the messages I was conveying were perhaps more personal, the designs allowed people to relate and apply these thoughts to themselves. When COVID hit, I was also working a short staffed retail job. I’ve felt over the past two years customers in particular have shown a real lack of empathy for one another, as shown through the way people treat retail workers in the midst of a global pandemic. Most of my job requires me to simply bite my tongue when I feel conflicted, and in these moments of discomfort I often wished I was wearing a sign that would display what I’m thinking, as there is no way I could muster the courage to tell people how I really felt. I feel a sense of guilt almost when they walk away, as though I hadn’t stood up for myself and that these individuals will continue to treat others poorly. Let Me Be Clear is a way to publicly convey the emotions I feel but struggle to articulate.