Images are supposed to illuminate meaning about time. I am interested in how we respond to the moments that we are unsure of. I explore personal history by creating ambiguous narratives that balance photographic sources with abstraction. Using mixed media and collage painting, my work unfolds parts of a story in a fragmented way. Misappropriating and transforming memory to create a fictitious embodiment is what propels the work.
I use collage as a process of collection and isolation to explore time though enigmatic plots. I mix curious figures, machine like inventions, cutout forms and abstracted objects with oil, spray paint, ink, plastic, and paper. Using a process of erasure, re-creation, and dissection, I force the elements to cohabit the same loosely defined space and create logic of their own. Each layer struggles to clarify or obliterate the previous. I look for moments that balance graphic sharp outlines, and the fluidity and mark making capabilities of paint. Only odd moments prevent the entire scene from slipping into abstraction.
The viewer is caught in-between the visual transformation occurring on the surface of the paintings and imagery that alludes to moments of waiting, being lost or stranded. The isolation of forms in space mirrors the isolation of the viewer. Sorting through this tension and narrative, viewers try to develop plot and meaning using the hints of what might be beyond the picture plane. Ultimately, the viewers are searching for an undisclosed secret as means to access the dense and intimate moments depicted. The collective imagery melds into jettisoned memory, imagination, and misinformation that have collected over time.
born: 1988, Tecumseh, Michigan
Ashland University, BFA, 2010
Kendall College of Art & Design, MFA, 2012
Sparkplug, Artist Collective, DC Arts Center, 2014
Award of Distinction, Purchase Award, Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition, artkudos.com online publication, Aug 2014
Honorable Mention, Reflections, Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, New York, 2013
Finalist, IGLLLOO, International Art Prize, March competition, online exhibition, Igllloo.com
Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition, artkudos.com online publication, Aug 2014
Dialogist Vol. 1, Issue IV, Dialogist.org, Dialogist Quarterly Poetry & Art, Jan 2014
Hidden Treasure Art Magazine Yearbook 2014, HT Art Magazine Publishing Coombe House, Croydon UK
Fresh Paint Magazine , http://www.freshpaintmagazine.com/, Issue II, January 2014
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Hillyer Art Space, Solo Show, Washington, District of Columbia., 2014
Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, 2 person show, Arts & Humanities Council, Montgomery County, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2014
Burnell Roberts Triangle Gallery, Solo Show, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
selected group shows
5x5(x5) group exhibition, Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria Virginia, 2014
Emergence 2014 International Artists to Watch, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014
Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Smith Center for Healing + The Arts, Washington District of Columbia, 2014
Fresh Paint Magazine, Digital exhibition, http://www.freshpaintmagazine.com/, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2013