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Each of my paintings is a glimpse into a twilight world – a place that exists only for those few hazy moments between waking and sleep. It is a place where fears and hopes have a face, and where desires are manifested into living, breathing beings. My creatures are the motivators that whisper in our ears and move us toward one particular action or another, or cause us not to act at all. Though this world may at first glance seem fantastical, the allegories represented there are very real. They are like dreams – at first, they may appear to be nonsense, but when examined, they reveal hidden truths that shrink from the light of day.
Armed with various pieces of hardware and kitchen implements (which I have used to represent the “male” and “female” of the synthetic world), I have made a series of animals using the technique of assemblage – the creation of sculpture from existing materials. In addition to the symbolic meaning, it is particularly exciting media for me because it is a chance to breathe new life into objects that for one reason or another were unable to fulfill their original purpose. So often we find ourselves accumulating and then disposing of objects that we didn’t really need in the first place. I love the idea of using these societal discards to create. It is so much better to make art than to let something languish in a drawer for decades or worse yet, forever in a landfill.
Smith Nature Symposium: May 18, 2013, Brushwood Gallery in Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL.
Hatch Art House: November 2010 - July 2012, Madison, Wisconsin. http://hatcharthouse.com/
Aviary: March 7 - April 29, 2010, Brushwood Gallery in Ryerson Woods, Deerfield, IL.
Materiality: March 5 - 27, 2010, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
Personality: March 1 - 31, 2010, Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA. http://www.caladangallery.com/v2/index.php?cat=56
66th International Salon Show: September 13 - November 1, 2009, South Shore Arts, Munster, IN
August Showcase: August 1-31, 2009, House of Scratch, http://www.houseofscratch.com/?p=759
Paint the Town Blue: May, 2009 Maya Essence, Chicago, IL
TOYth: March, 2009 Prak-sis, Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago: BA in Art History, 2003
School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Fine Art, 1992-1995
Painting, Art, Illustration, Sculpture, Fine Art, Assemblage, Wearable Art