WORK #1: This waterfall is falling for you
As a Fulbright Fellow in Iceland in 2010-11, I was motivated to examine my position as a temporary resident, foreigner, artist, and tourist, constantly negotiating between these identities. These concerns motivate this work: the tension between my enjoyment of this natural beauty and my awareness of the way in which the tourist experience has been constructed for me.
This installation was created from multiple photographs of Seljalandsfoss, one of Icelandís most visited waterfalls. The work relies on the angle of the light to cast a photographic shadow of the white screenprinted image on the plate. The work suggests photographic illusion while simultaneously exposing how the projection is created.
WORK #2: Implications
Implications is a series of accordion books that expand to create a panoramic image of icebergs in Iceland. The text simultaneously reads as both a poem (Risk[,] Event[,] Disaster) written by Devon Wootten and an official report on climate change, Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.
Working out of a long lineage of artists interested in the landscape, in this body of work I gesture to our active role in constructing and idealizing landscape. The installation aims to draw attention to the means of making such images by enlarging halftone dots and disrupting the image through folds, cuts, and ruptures.
Referencing 19th-century panoramas as well as the Romantic painting tradition, this work nods to a period when humansí relationship to landscape was rapidly transformed. Similarly, todayís changing landscape demands that I examine the tension between my enjoyment of beautiful, idealized landscapes and an awareness of their ecological complexity.
born: 1981, Chicago, Illinois
University of Iowa, MFA 2010
Vanderbilt University, BS, 2003
Anderson Ranch Artist Residency, 2015
Larry Sommers Art Fellowship, Seattle Print Arts, 2014
Fulbright Scholar, Iceland, 2010-11
Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Grant, 2010-11
ìNews of the Print World: Selected New Editions,î Art in Print: The Global Journal of Prints and Ideas, January and February 2014, Volume 3, Number 5. p. 47
Ashley Rooney & Stephanie Standish, editors, "American Printmakers," Atglen Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2013.
selected solo or two-person exhibits
A Record of Loss & Abundance, Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa, 2014
Implications, Gallery 2, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 2013
Stories-so-far: Constructions of Landscape, State College of Florida Fine Art Gallery, Brandenton, Florida, 2012
Souvenirs/Signs, Galleribox, Akureyri, Iceland, 2011
selected group shows
Libro de Artista: 2nd International Artists' Book Competition, Guadalajara, Jalsico, Mexico, 2014
The Book as Art: Expanding the Limits, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, 2014
Book Power: An International Juried Book Art Exhibition, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon, and University of Puget Sound, Puget Sound, Oregon, 2014
Accreted Terrane, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington, 2014