I make paintings, sculptures, and ceramics that are inspired by organic forms such as seed pods, nests, shells, crystal formations, outer space, and deep ocean worlds. Drawing from personal spiritual and life experiences, my work investigates the way playful craft materials can be manipulated with other fine art components as a means of exploring connections between the visceral, graphic, sublime, and carnal. The organic forms I describe are intricately adorned organs, wombs, and hearts that display the external evidence of internal rebirth and are physical manifestations of things spiritually discerned.
I utilize material and sensory experience as a means to explore meaning. Material is worked until there is a shift into another realm: a skin of swollen glitter becomes flesh, a sack, or an embryo, pins become candy, a pom pom becomes a microorganism or disease. My work strives to have a visceral presence by virtue of formal aesthetics, often riding the line between what is beautiful, grotesque and delicious. This speaks to various dichotomies often referenced in my work, such as light and dark, spirit and flesh.
I earned a BFA from Southern Methodist University and a MFA from the University of Iowa. I have exhibited my work in various art galleries and have been featured in several art publications and blogs. I have taught art at both the college and secondary level and am currently focusing on my studio practice with my husband and three children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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