Adryen J. Gonzalez is an artist whose works range from figurative ceramic sculpture to poetry and film. Recipient of Scholastic Achievement awards such as Gold and Silver Keys in their youth Adryen works to inspire creative achievement in the classroom. Blending mediums together to interpret the world, make connections and create positive momentum is how Adryen makes art work, and they share this method with students. Their work confronts cultural and social issues commenting on broader topics like cultural displacement, forced assimilation and loss of identity, all of which touch Adryen personally in some way. As an educator Adryen strives to instill a developed sense of "the self" and an understanding of provenance in each of their students through personal reflection and cultural exploration.