ABOUT

My work is a mixed media exploration of process rooted in the survey of land along my daily commute in Cleveland, OH. I build landscapes that analyze development patterns related to population loss and land-use in places embedded with historical tension; imagery emerges through layers of printmaking, drawing, photography and painting. In my travels—both at home and abroad—I observe the arbitrary nature of borders and the micro-fiefdoms they create, while imagining the hopeful and catastrophic effects of natural phenomena. Content exploration in my solo practice is influenced, in part, by collaborations undertaken with other artists and writers. One ongoing print-based performance project that addresses gender wage disparity has led to another project highlighting overlooked contributions of women in astrophysics.

My studio practice is a lab-like experimentation with process in service of content related to environmental advocacy, the related issues of social justice and fantastical landscape. This latest body work resulted from a recent trip out West, from Los Angeles to Tijuana. Months were spent taking photographs from this trip (hatchtagged #scifiresearchtrip on Instagram) and working through CMYK color separations in various mixed printing media, with a nod to sci fi book design and technicolor associated with Hollywood’s mid-Century portrayal of other worlds. A loose collaborative narrative with my husband, a Climate Justice and Sustainability journalist, sets the work in a dystopian present/future using the places from #scifiresearchtrip as a locus for revolution. And while I didn't have a direct revolution in mind when creating these landscapes, I was keenly attuned to atmospheric change due to either a catastrophic environmental event or as a result of political decision-making. This body of work is titled: It’s hard to explain, but it happened slowly, the transition.

Using the visual language extant in my surroundings—color, architecture, texture and reflective materials (such as metal leaf and spray paint) my work mirrors my movement through spaces: walking past city blocks or sun glare on the car window. As I discover new locations, whether it is Toledo, Tijuana, Dresden or spots along U.S. highways, I open up an alternative reality and give homage to underdog places. My studio practice is a lab-like experimentation with process in service of content related to environmental advocacy, the related issues of social justice and fantastical landscape.

My work has been exhibited at venues in the US and internationally, including The Akron Art Museum, The Transformer Station (Cleveland), The Toledo Museum of Art, Centro Cultural de Tijuana (Tijuana, Mexico), the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Zygote Press (Cleveland); SPACES Gallery (Cleveland); The Sculpture Center (Cleveland); Rooms to Let Temporary Art Space (Columbus); Parsons School of Design (New York); the Rockford Art Museum (Rockford, IL); Gallerie Module Drei & Gallerie Standenhaus (Dresden, Germany); and TJ in CHINA (Tijuana, Mexico). In 2011, I was awarded an Individual Artist grant from the Ohio Arts Council and was included in The Drawing Center’s (NYC) Viewing Program. My work is represented by SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary (Cleveland, OH) and Metropolitan Gallery (Austin, TX).

Curriculum Vitae

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For a list of shows, please visit the exhibitions page.


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