My work begins with a fascination with nature and natural processes in all its complexity and richness. My most recent body of work consists of tightly rendered ink drawings on paper, mostly kept to a minimum palette of silver and gold inks on black or white. I draw inspiration from the unpredictable and wild side of nature, combined with a hybrid of images from many sources- botanical illustration, microscopic scientific imagery, the baroque and Victorian decorative arts, architecture, textile patterns, etc. These diverse elements come together to create an imaginary landscape of fecund abundance. The ambiguity of the forms is important, whether or not they are in the process of becoming, of evolving and multiplying, or beginning to break down and decay. They exist somewhere between the wild irrationality of nature and the rigorous orderliness of lace patterns. I am most interested in them when they go too far, become a bit ostentatious, spiral out of control. I am interested in a kind of hysterical beauty, which becomes blatantly sensuous, silly, unapologetically pretty, boldly decorative, and aggressively feminine. I want them to embody the spirit of a gaudy chandelier dripping with crystals and lights, a blinding, ridiculous beauty that attracts and repels. These landscapes hold a tension between the seen and unseen, fantasy and reality, creating a topography that is other-worldly, vast, ephemeral and ever-growing.
Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION2005 Master of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts-New York, NY1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design-Boston, MA SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS2008 The Secret Garden Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State University-Framingham, MA2007 ultra-beauty Locco Ritoro Gallery-Boston, MA2006 Curious Intimacies The Artists’ Foundation,-Boston, MA SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2008 Drawn to Detail DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park-Lincoln, MA Overflow Laconia Lofts Gallery-Boston, MA 2007 Nexus Sam Lee Gallery-Los Angeles, CA Group Exhibition Kathleen Cullen Fine Art-New York, NYPaper Bombs Jack Hanley Gallery-Los Angeles, CA New Art Collective: Emerging Curators Select Montserrat College of Art-Beverly, MA 4th Annual Juried Summer Exhibition Tufts University Art Gallery-Medford, MA Uncommon Denominator Trustman Gallery, Simmons College-Boston, MA OnLine: MCC Award Recipients Artspace-Maynard, MA2006 White, Black and Shades of Gray South Shore Arts Center-Cohasset, MA Repetition: Negotiating the Irrationalities artspace@16 Gallery-Malden, MA2005 Love Small artspace@16 Gallery-Malden, MA Landscapes: Found, Imagined and Constructed Visual Arts Gallery-New York, NY Sexual Gymnasium: MFA Fine Arts Thesis Show Visual Arts Gallery-New York, NY AWARDS, GRANTS, FAIRS, ETC.2008 Somerville Arts Council LLC Grant2007 The Drawing Center-Artist Registry2006 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant-in-Aid Award Boston Drawing Project Flat Files1995 Gamblin Painting Award-Massachusetts College of Art and Design PUBLICATIONS2007 New American Paintings no. 682000 New American Paintings no. 26 OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE2006-present Faculty, DeCordova Museum School-Lincoln, MA2005 Artist’s assistant, Richard Purdy studio-New York, NY