My installation projects explore the digital and analog devices scientists use to construct visual representations of biological information. I use technology in combination with other studio practices--namely sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and design--to create imagined, biological visualizations. Scans, xrays, sonograms, models, and prosthetics are distributed throughout a space and allude to a (monstrous) body possessed by a fictional character. Always female, she fulfills archetypal roles found within the genres of sci-fi, cyberpunk, and horror (the monstrous feminine, the final girl, the cyborg, for example). Whether her qualities are inherent (born with telekinesis), or byproducts of her environment (exposed to radiation), she is positioned on the fringe of mainstream society. Typically a 'freak of nature,' she occupies my installation spaces in order to complicate, subvert, and reposition the social critique often found in speculative fiction. The girl who stopped being human! is a current installation project that explores the idea of "gynotopias" in conjunction with scientific visualization, drawing inspiration from 1950's B-movies of love-starved amazons from outer space.
Drawing is essential to all of the elements that comprise my installation environments: objects, animations, prints, mixed media works, and even sound components. In addition to traditional drawing, I rely heavily on digital methods of mark-making to create the static and kinetic imagery in my work. I’m particularly interested in using digital tools that are adaptable through programming, using open-source, generative-drawing machines created in Flash and Processing. These drawing programs are infinitely changing, never repeating the same visual information twice. I modify the code and framework within which these drawing machines work; inputting computer/analog drawings, defining color gamuts, modes of behavior, etc. This process conceptually embodies the themes I explore in my studio.
Artist Bio / CV
Current solo exhibitions of these installations include:
• "The girl who stopped being human!" ebers/B9 Gallery, Chicago, IL. June-July 2009.
• "My Tomorrowland is an Empty Space" Hammes Gallery, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN (January-February 2009) & Wabash College Art Galleries (Fall 2009).
• "My corpse is not yet quite up to scratch" Vespine Gallery, Chicago (July-August 2006)
• "A machine designed by the devil and powered by the dead" Hanover College Art Galleries, Hanover, IN (September-October 2005).
• "Tart" Urban Institute of Contemporary Art's Race St. Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI (September-October, 2004).
Group shows/screenings include:
• "Anniversary Show" Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC (July-August 2009).
• "Paper City" Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC (July-August 2008).
• "Video Art in the Age of the Internet" Chelsea Art Museum, NYC (August 8-September 7, 2007).
• "Group Show," Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL (October-November 2006).
• "4th Annual International Video Shorts Screening" Women's Caucus for Art, College Art Association Conference 2007 (juried by Sheryl Mousley--Curator of Film and Video, Walker Art Center, MN).
• "Pixel Pops!" C2C Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic (September 2006).
• "Digital Print Exhibition" Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA (juried by Marisa Olson, Curator-at-Large for Rhizome.org, New Museum of Art, NYC).
• "Signal in/on Eastern Europe" Kika Gallery in Budapest, Hungary (June-August 2006).
• "Almost Heaven," Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL (March-April 2002).
• "As Small As Possible" ZG Gallery, Chicago, IL (November-January 2004).
I've participated in residencies at the Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest (Winter 2006) and the Experimental Television Center, NY (2007), and was a Visiting Artist in the Sculpture Department (School of Art) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2005).