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Assistant Professor, 2011
B.F.A. 2003, Columbus College of Art & Design
M.F.A 2007, Indiana University, Bloomington
As a teacher I share my knowledge and experiences of making work in order to mentor students and bridge the classroom setting with the larger art community. In my printmaking curriculum a breadth of traditional and experimental approaches are shown, with conversation on the relationship of form, technique, and content in historical and contemporary contexts. Foundation skills are practiced first to ensure understanding of the guiding principles behind the medium. Engaged experimentation is encouraged as students learn to develop their concepts and clarify their ideas in the creation of meaningful works of art.
The focus of my research and creative interests is the intersection of nature and culture. Working across media–combining hand-drawn prints with photographic, two-dimensional imagery with sculptural–my work examines contemporary suburban nature at the place where a natural science exhibit meets a home decoration store.
Pollinators and other small creatures are often the first to show harmful environmental changes, shedding light on humanities impact on our local environments. These representations bring to light our willing acceptance of the reproduction as a stand in for the original, such as artificial flowers for fresh, malformed animals for healthy. By pairing original and copy together, authenticity becomes questioned. High and low art materials are shown side-by-side to beckon the same questions of what is lost and what is gained by these evolutions.
My work has shown throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of Novisbriesk, Central Siberia Russia; Cactus Bra Space, San Antonio, TX; Columbia College, Chicago, IL; University of Hawai’i, Hilo, HI; and Wave Hill, Bronx, NY. Recent projects include curating Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art, a collaborative, invitational, art and forestry exhibit and accompanying catalog. In 2010 I spent time at the U.T. Dallas CentralTrak artist residency creating work for Edge of Life.