My most recent series involves a large number of drawings and paintings of doormats. For me, they represent both the artist and the work that the artist creates. The purpose of a doormat is to collect the dirt and debris from the outside world, which is exactly what the artist does on a daily basis. A piece of art is a manifestation of what's been collected in the artist's mind. The reason for making the piece is to purge the overwhelming amount of information back into the outside world.
The doormats also blur the line that separates representation and abstraction. They are common items found in daily life but they appear to be abstract. There is an ironic humor to them. They represent the artist who is often undervalued and unappreciated in our contemporary culture.
Artist Bio / CV
+ 2011, Astor Center, New York, (Now Showing) + 2011, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, (An Exchange with Sol Lewitt) + 2010, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, New York (group exhibition) + 2009, Pierogi – Boiler, Brooklyn, (Gravity Racers) + 2009, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, (Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture) + 2008, James Cohan Gallery, New York, (NURTUREart Benefit Exhibition) + 2006, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, (Solo Exhibition – The Human Condition) + 2006, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, (Associated Artists Exhibition) + 2005, The Jewish Museum of Greater Pittsburgh (two person exhibition – Cellular Structures) + 2004, The Annex - White Box, New York, (The Wild Bunch 2) + 2004, Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania, (Works on Paper Biannual) + 2003, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, (The Next Generation of Pittsburgh Artists) + 2002, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, (Video Station) + 2002, 2001, 1999, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, (Annual Exhibition) + 1998, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (American Visions)
+ New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, 2011 + The Irene Palenski Sailor Award, 2006 + The Henry J. Schiedt Travel Scholarship, 2002 + The Women’s Board Prize of Philadelphia, 2002 + The Angelo Pinto Award for Experimental Work, 2001 + The Figure Painting Prize, 2001 + The Rambourger Prize in Drawing, 1999 + The American Visions Award, 1998
+ Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture, Front Forty Press (2008) + Time Out - Chicago, Issue 98 (January - 2007) + New American Paintings, Volume 57 (April - 2005)
Education + 2002, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Certificate of the Fine Arts