I make art as a way to think about and understand the world that I live in.
Collecting, organizing and fragmenting images and objects from encounters with nature and everyday life are combined with my own vocabulary of visual elements forming the fundamental activity of my art practice. I explore metaphors of nature in relation to culture; cultural forms of framing and displaying nature; and how our concept of nature informs our construction of identity. I reference cultural modes of representing nature such as botanical illustrations, flora fabric patterns, curiosity cabinets, scientific field notes, and natural history styled dioramas and panoramas.
By using subject matter such as landscape painting, natural history, natural disasters, fireworks, genetic engineering and biological structures, I hope to open a dialogue about culture’s relation to nature.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Makes paintings, drawings, cutouts, sculptures, and installations.
MFA Painting, Hunter College, NYC
Exchange Scholar, UdK, Berlin, Germany
B.A. Art and Visual Theory and Museum Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Below a Sea of Stars, Nancy Hoffman Gallery. NYC, 2009.
Ursus Horribilis, Nancy Hoffman Gallery. NYC, 2006.
Scholarships and Awards:
N.E.A and US/Japan Friendship Commission Creative Arts Award
Pollock Krasner Fellow, Byrdcliff Artist Residency
EFA Studio Artist in Residence
Tony Smith Award
Hunter College Exchange Scholarship
William Graft Memorial Fund Travel Grant Award
Dean’s Award for Senior Thesis, UCSC
Edwardo Carrio Painting Scholarship
Museum of Modern Art
Corning Museum of Glass
Kupferstichkabinett – Museum of Prints and Drawings, Berlin
Special Collections Library, UCSC
Cleveland Clinic Art Program