In my work I examine individual's habits, symbols, and social rituals. I am especially interested in how these aspects are manifested in the landscape in relation to powerful, cultural systems.
Many of my works are created by encounters with an empty lot connected to my apartment building. This space has become a billboard in my landscape. Signs are posted, graffiti artists make their mark, and lost items are archived on the fence by passers-by. I use these rituals to consider the impact of an individual's voice within a community, and use this evidence of small acts as source material.
I admire the concept of prints populist ethic on the distribution of art, and draw my ideas from signs, multiples, matrixes, appropriation and historic photo-etchings.
I am a Chicago-based artist primarily working in printmaking, installation and sculpture. I earned my M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and my B.F. A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I have taught at SAIC and Harrington College of Design as well as, attended residencies in the U.S. at ACRE, (IL / WI) Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL), Vermont Studios (Johnson, VT), VCCA, (Amherst, VA) and Platform (Pilsen, Chicago). 2013 artist in residence at Spudnik Press and the Director of the Chicago Printers Guild. I have worked as an assistant to the master printers at Tandem Press in Madison, WI, with local artist /professor Joan Livingstone, Micheal Miller, Jeanine Coupe Ryding and Mary Jane Jacob.
My artwork explores protests and acts of resistance in local communities and how one discovers a more equitable, interesting life. I examine how these things manifest in signs, in the landscape, and media, while paying attention to how an individuals voice is revealed out in the world in relation to mass culture and powerful systems.