b. 1977 - lives and works in Austin, TX
MAT (2005) – The School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University- Boston, MA
BFA (1999) - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago- Chicago, IL
For many years my artwork has investigated the visual and symbolic contrast between cell towers and their physical surroundings. I spent a great deal of time looking up, considering whether or not we are supposed to notice, perhaps even find beauty in these objects of infrastructure sprawling across our modern landscapes. Most recently, I have turned my curiosities downward toward the untouched, hidden parts of our landscapes. In this current body of work I am exploring mineral and rock formations created over long periods of time, in the ground beneath us. When examined closely, these crystal structures, though naturally derived, have the look and feel of engineered objects. They appear to be miniature landscapes of their own; microscopic drafts of what was or what might be ahead. Though I have shifted my subject matter towards mineral formations, the inquiry remains consistent: What gives an object the sense that it is not of this world? What makes something simultaneously beautiful and foreign to its surroundings?