Bio + Artist Statement
I was born and raised in the backwoods of Northeastern Minnesota, but am now deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest. I received a BFA in sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle and a MFA in glass and from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Recent artist residencies include the Montello Foundation, Art Farm, and ArtBridge; upcoming residencies include the Bullseye Resource Center and Anderson Ranch.
As an interdisciplinary artist, I create immersive installations often with a participatory element. As our lives become increasingly fast-paced, I am drawn to how this has altered the visceral experience, shifted our perception and awareness, and caused ways of thinking or doing to become obsolete. I am curious if the constant bombardment of information hinders the potential for self-discovery, resourcefulness and time for reflection.
I aspire for my work to provide a space for engagement, challenging the way we look at and deal with objects, space, or situations in our physical lives. I aim to provide a visceral experience that invites the viewer to be more self-aware and reconsider their relationship with their surroundings.
My current body of work explores the pedestrian experience within rapidly changing urban landscapes, capturing the underlying tension between the permanence and ephemerality of the built environment and our shifting sense of place. As the urban core develops, buildings rise in areas that were once open and spacious. Neighborhoods are littered with construction sites, exposing architectural frameworks and superstructures. My work distills these abstract linear forms revealed through the building process into flat planes as hand cut paper structures. The imagery—depicted as void and layered or segmented and then reanimated with light and shadow—expresses the temporality of our surroundings and memories of how things were.