I am a rigorous artistic researcher whose work examines and critiques topics relevant to mind, body/human, ontology and our spatial understanding of self. I expand the idea of forensic methodology through the merging of subjective and experiential data collection with sampling, fieldwork and deep immersion. My artistic practice has evolved to include many phases of both academic and nontraditional inquiry as I develop situations of observation for understanding the body in relation to other bodies, large bodies, non-human bodies.
Poised between the contradictory tendencies of hard and soft sciences, my work seeks to understand the poetics of existence and how we navigate, challenge or question our boundary toward the unknown within the structure of what is known.
The performative is inherently part of this arduous search for understanding, allowing me to extend my body, to place it in physical relation to the external world. I work across many disciplines including sound, video, drawing, printmaking, new media, digital media, performance, sculpture, and glass. Within each project my research is presented with all of its nuance as my research tends never to follow a straight line.
I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. I will be an artist participant on the Autumn 2020 Arctic Circle Residency Expedition. In 2018 I was invited to the Artist in Residence/Assets for Artists Program at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art where I was awarded the Assets for Artists Grant. I am a three time recipient of the Rhode Island school of Design Graduate Student Fellowship as well as a recipient of the RISD President’s Scholarship and Friends of Glass Scholarship. My work has been exhibited in Rhode Island at the Providence Art + Design Film Festival, and in several independent group shows across the United States.
I currently live in Seattle, Washington, where I balance my time between my studio, visual design work, and the outdoors. I am an avid climber of ice, rock, and the alpine, and work as a volunteer for the American Alpine Club to coordinate land stewardship projects in the State of Washington as well as to engage community members in local and national policy and advocacy work.