I exploit the allure of color and depth, pattern and invented spaces to engage an audience in works that are aggressively introspective. My newest paintings depict invented creatures that are closely related to echinoderms, gastropods, and arthropods. Empathizing with unassuming forms of life to provide metaphors for human experience reflects my skepticism of the achievements of humanity. Yet even this self-effacement reinforces the unavoidability of egocentrism. The escapist tendencies in my other-worldly vignettes expose fundamental weaknesses in the human psyche. The parallels to human existence serve always to underscore life’s inexorabilities.
This past year, I have been "breaking my paintings open,” inventing landscapes by teasing out the illusion of depth from flat shapes. The entities that populate my paintings usually have small humps that could be noses or nipples; whether or not they have arms depends on whether they are reaching out to something. Rarely do we see their mouths, but when we do, they are wide open. The spaces they occupy are varied. Some suggest underground dwellings, others grounded landscapes, while many are beyond gravity. Within the invented landscapes, forms that, in my hard-edged work, would be swollen to bursting, are now springing leaks. Colors flow into one another, often as if they were liquid metal. My underlying interest in imagery of water and waves has surfaced in these paintings, adding to a fluidity of forms and space that allows for fluid transformation as I develop the painting. More importantly, I am making myself more vulnerable and allowing more of my personal experiences to flow into the works.
Artist Bio / CV
MFA, University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
BFA, Bradley University, 2000.
Via Alternate Descriptions, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL, 2012
Intuitive Geometry, Pearce Gallery, Dunlap, IL, 2012
The Fabric of Space, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL 2010
Fluidity, Murray State University, Murray, KY, 2008
In Between, Around, and Beyond, LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, NY, 2008
Unbroken, Women’s Institute and Gallery, New Harmony, IN, June 2007
Untelling, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL, January 2007
Changing Breath, Anderson College, Anderson, South Carolina, 2006
Paintings and Collages, Verde Gallery, Champaign, IL, February 2005
Regrowth, Glen Vista Art Gallery, Kalamazoo Nature Center, MI, December 2004
Re-Generation, The Painting Center, New York, NY, 2012
Works on Paper, C2 Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL, 2011
Abstractions, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2011
33rd Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Heuser Art Center, Peoria, IL, 2011
24th Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, 2011
From the Inside Out, collaboration with Nicholas Nyland, Heuser Art Center, Peoria, IL, 2010
Philagrafika 2010 Print Exhibition, Bahdeebahdu Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
The Large Works Show 2009, ICON Contemporary Art, Fairfield, IA, 2009
Echo, Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center, Solomons, MD, 2009
Chromatose, Nudashank Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2009
New Artists Exhibition, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2009
33rd Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, IL, 2009
Paintpresent, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, 2009
Works on Paper, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA, 2009
41st Annual Visual Arts Exhibition, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, TX, 2009
61st Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, 2008
Re.Action, Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center, Solomon, MD, 2008
It’s Gouache and Gouache Only, Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY, 2008