Compositionally and conceptually I begin with the microscopic world. Having pursued a pre-medical undergraduate degree, I came to appreciate the sciences visually through an inundation of the charts, diagrams, outputs, scans and drawings of largely un-seeable phenomena. It was the visual artist in me, which then became both fascinated and frustrated with the un-ease by which we are able to observe such a vast world. I needed to see everything first hand and was therefore reluctant to accept the intermediary representations provided by others. Artistically I struggled intensely with this invisible muse.
This frustration evolved into a dramatic artistic redirection. Although I am still immensely inspired by microscopic imagery, I am no longer concerned with the fidelity of my representations. I instead use these forms freely as elements within my imaginative microscopic landscapes. Formally, I look for a natural order, an honest spontaneity and the narrow space within which these two elements maintain a compelling equilibrium. The search for this narrow space is the essence of my artistic drive. The process of making has become an internal performance, an acting out and a reigning in. At its most basic level I create mess, chaos and destruction solely for the satisfaction of finding and pulling out order, structure and calm. It is an act of reassurance and of hope; an odd construct for exacting control and having a say.
born: 1977, Concord, CA
Savannah College of Art & Design, MFA 2006
Pennyslvania State University, BS 1999
Vermont Studio Center Residency Grant
Schools of Thought, Surface, Vol. 62, November, 2006, p. 213
Artists to Watch, A Sampling of Student Work, Fiberarts, November/December, 2006, p. 31
Richard Jones, Manifest Gallery, Museum, Current Exhibits Honor Art Form of Drawing, Hamilton Journal News, March, 2006, p. 15
Sara Pearce, Manifest Gallery, Humor Links Little Works, The Cincinnati Enquirer, July, 2006.
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Quick!, Gallery Espressso, Savannah, GA November 2006
Subroutine #23, Starland Center for Contemporary Arts, Savannah, GA November 2005
A Printmaker's Perspective, Romo Gallery, Atlanta, GA March 2007
Selections - National Drawing Annual 2007, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH March 2007
Shanghai Art Fair 2006, Featured Artist Represented by the Savannah College of Art & Design
CAA Regional MFA Curated Exhibition, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2005