Book Making, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
In my work, I cultivate intimate encounters that invite people to contemplate the larger narratives in which we participate. I (re)present objects in order to create microcosms of these narratives. Over the last few years, my interest in stories revealed by artifacts of daily living, particularly those used in significant routines, has guided my exploration of the lingering evidence of habitual consumption: receipts, wrappers, and disposable containers.
When recontextualized, these ephemera remain potently descriptive of the activities for which they were originally purposed. The things we live among, what we strive to possess, the detritus we try to eliminate—these all shape our notions regarding beauty, position, status, and belonging. Through staged scenarios that incorporate carefully rendered illusions of trash, sometimes incorporating the material presence of these leftovers themselves, my recent work construes habitual consumption to be an act of petition, a process of recollection, and an expression of devotion.
Accomplishments / CV
2010 MFA, Painting; Colorado State University
1996 BA, Studio Art; University of Puget Sound
Phi Kappa Phi; Departmental Honors
2011 Visiting Assistant Professor, Wabash College
2011 Leave Replacement, Colorado State University
2010 Sabbatical Replacement, Slippery Rock University