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Artist / Personal Statement
I am an artist and associate professor in the department of Visual Art at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. I received a BA from Central College (IA), a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from the University of Chicago. I exhibits my work nationally, and I am the recipient of a number of grants, awards, and workshops including: "The Whale and Star Summer Workshop in affiliation with the Anderson Ranch" in Miami with the artist Enrique Martinez Celaya (2011), and the "Project R5: A Visual Arts Workshop and Studio in South Africa" (2013).
When not working in the studio or teaching in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my wife Sara and our four children, hiking, cooking, reading, and cheering for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, and Alabama Crimson Tide.
I wanted to bring this image to your attention hoping you might consider it for your spring issue of SEEN journal. The Last Supper is an important theme, as well as ritual, for our global contemporary society. the work portrays a bucolic feeling of shared nourishment and be in peaceful community while you are in presence with the Spirit. In the African grouping one can readily experience the individuality of each of the participants within a common bond.
Icons attempt to portray and bear witness to two realities, the divine and the human. Both being united in an undivided manner. It could be argued with iconography that the intent is not to communicate human ideas about humans or spiritual concepts about the truth, but rather to ask questions centered on our identity and belonging.