My work presents images of great opulence that portrays the subject at its most glorious and lush, yet simultaneously suggest impending demise. When collectively viewed, the work's reference for traditional craftsmanship, Dutch still life paintings, and botanicals comes forth. Life, death, and implicit sexuality serve as themes. Pushing the material to its limits of sustainability, the physical act of carving the wax blends harshness with malleable beauty. The same applies to my paper cut-outs, whose overgrown and entangled density is achieved through a process of layering intricate botanical silhouettes. The vulnerability of my media coupled with the temporal nature of the subject matter, heighten the relationship between the physicality of the works and the viewers' own corporeality, and encapsulate the liminal state between life and death.
Education 2006 MFA Hunter College, New York, NY 2003 BA San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA Solo Exhibitions 2009 Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA 2008 Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA 2007 Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, NY 2006 New Work, Horticultural Society of New York, NY Group Exhibitions 2009 Paper Explorations, Wallace L. Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater, MA Drawings, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY Forever Summer, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Platform Space, New York, NY 2006 Frantically Baroque, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY Summer Show & Auction, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York, NY 2005 MA's Select MFA's, Hunter Times Square Gallery, New York, NY Artist in Residence Programs 2009 Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, CA