In my studio practice I work through multiple disciplines including printmaking, drawing, animation, and text. I earned my BA in 2006 from Whittier College where I worked with print artist Endi Poskovic. While I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) I studied with many artists including Kay Rosen, Karen Reimer, and writer Mary Cross. I received my MFA from SAIC in 2009. I’ve shown my work throughout the country including at the Hyde Park Art Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Detroit Artists Market. I currently teach printmaking and drawing at Guilford College and I've also taught at Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Spudnik Press, SAIC, and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency.
In my art practice I privilege labor over all other notions, such as the notion of the abstract, the notion of the narrative, etc. The centering of labor is a political choice, which extends from the lineage of feminist performance art and feminist approaches to the body. In the last several years I have focused on creating layered woodcuts and monotypes by drawing and reinventing traditional textile imagery. By repeatedly carving and printing patterns and pastoral forms, I am able to participate in these craft traditions, which often contain nostalgia for the natural world.
THE VALUE OF LABOR. Labor as a way to learn—labor as a way to ideas. Labor has no replacement. There is no shortcut to labor. Craft as thought. Labor as prayer. As the interweb informs: The Shakers’ dedication to hard work and perfection has resulted in a unique range of architecture, furniture and handicraft styles. They designed their furniture with care, believing that making something well was in itself, “an act of prayer.”
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