Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2018-19, (AIA) 2016, 2017
I am an artist and educator working in a variety of media. My interest in ceramics which has led to a Long-Term Artist in Residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge Montana from 2018 to 2019, a summer Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, and was the Ceramic Artist in Residence at the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma California. Through poststructuralist tendencies I create large and small-scale ceramic and mixed media sculpture and paintings. I employ Found and altered objects, various industrial and domestic materials and processes, with ceramics which are integral parts of the works which recontextualizes value and objecthood. I hold a BFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from Sierra Nevada College and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Montana. I maintain a studio and teaching practice from my home in Washington.
My work explores the coding of objects through interactions of abstract ceramic forms and multimedia objects.
The tenants of my practice are:
- To pursue conditions in which formal and conceptual elements seem to contradict one other but at the same time are necessary to their visual voice and overall cohesion.
- To achieve a visceral brake-down of what’s known of a thing though the irreverent deconstruction of the functionally fixed.
- To deliberately employ chance to reconstruct the vernacular of objects through phenomena which exist with measures of industrial, domestic, and post-structural association.
- And finally, to twist function until it collapses or is reassigned, at which point the object becomes a starting point for dialogue between our shared cultural experiences and assumptions.