Comics and illustration use humor to examine matter that is difficult to discuss in other ways. My drawings and prints use aspects of this graphic language: delineated edges, bold color, and fabricated situations, for a similar pursuit. Vacillating within the gray area between pure abstraction and representation, my imagery outwardly suggests food, internal organs, containers or machine parts. Yet the biomorphic forms are given gestures that animate, suggesting thought and emotion. Placing the quasi-figures in situations where their physicality is manipulated (binding, wrapping, splitting) encourages a sense of emotional manipulation. I use my imaginary characters to ‘collect’ moments of vulnerability, powerlessness, anxiety, surprise and pleasure. My work pursues an understanding of metaphor that relates to bodily experience. Such expressions as “gut-wrenching” or “ nerve-wracking” demonstrate a bodily understanding of life. Indeed, many of the fictional scenarios in my drawings are metaphors for individual internal experience within a larger context of social interactivity.In my exploration of the connections between the psychological and what is physical, I invent fictional images of psychological moments in which there are also physical reactions. Informed by social observation, my art comments on how people respond to the anxieties of a complex world.
Artist Bio / CV
2009 SHY Rabbit Contemporary, Print Exhibit, Pagoda Springs, CO; Where were you? Where was I? Bushwick Open Studios Exhibit, Brooklyn, NY; Carleton Alumnae Honors Exhibition, Huling Hall Atrium Gallery, Carleton College, Exchange: Carleton Art in the South Pacific, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, AUSTRALIA; Art, Fact, and Artifact: The Book in Time and Place, College Book Art Association, University of Iowa-Center for the Book
2008 Women’s Studio Workshop Gallery, Idlers Just Rousing: Recent Prints*, The Honest Print, Hjemkomst Cultural Center, Moorhead, MN; Pipes and Bursts! (wall installation), PLAY, Proteus Gowanus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Printed Matter, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Meeting the Other: Egyptian and American Prints, Alexandria Bibliotheca Gallery, EGYPT; Traveling to: University of Notre Dame, University of Akron, Whittier College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Michigan (2008-2010); New Prints/Spring I, Selected by Jane Hammond, IPCNY: International Print Center New York; New Prints/Spring II, IPCNY at New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY; Sixty Square Inches Small Print Exhibition 16th Biennale, Juror: Janet Ballweg; Stewart Center Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
2007 Fall ’07 Exhibition, Juror: Mary Temple, Lower East Side Printshop, New York NY; Night of 1,000 Drawings, ArtistsSpace, New York, NY; Visual AIDS: From the Edge Benefit, James Cohen Gallery, New York, NY; The Language of Evidence, Frontier Print Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Women’s Studio Workshop Auction, Woodstock Colony Café; Artworld Digest Auction and Exhibition, RARE Gallery, New York, NY; Salon de Exspace #4, A.G. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Bemis Center 9th Annual Auction and Exhibition, Omaha, NE
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2008 NEA Book Arts Residency, Women’s Studio Workshop; 2007 Printmaking Residency, Lower East Side Printshop; 2007-06 NEA Studio Fellowship, Women’s Studio Workshop; 2006-03 Hixson-Lied Fellowship, Fine and Performing Arts; 2005 Brooks Fellowship, Anderson Ranch Art Center