My sculptures and works on paper begin with an examination and appropriation of uncommon art materials. Coal and dirt are collected from train tracks, concrete and lace are cast together, frosting, wax, rubber, steel, cardboard and debris collected from inside my home are potential medium.
No matter the materials, my work begins from a personal place and moves outward examining broad notions of longing, memory, isolation and imperfect beauty.
coal dust on paper
Coal from the dirty lace series was collected from along the train tracks of various WV towns. Living there and working as a professor at Marshall University, these weekend treks through the hills and valleys of WV allowed me to see and connect to the breadth and depth of a new landscape
out of you
part of the dirty lace series-created with coal dust collected from along the train tracks of West Virginia
detail: out of you
place and displace
wood, coal dust, dirt from studio floor, wood and paint
place and displace: detail
place and displace: detail
cement, lace and steel, 40"x70x30"
Cement, lace and steel
rocks are built from the cardboard taken from my families recycling bin. The rock shapes mimic the rocks found scattered around my house and found consistently inside the pockets of my two young children.
Rock Study II
Installation view of rock studies: styrofoam, plaster, paper pulp, acrylic paint and wax on wooden shelves. Dimensions variable
Rock Study II - detail
parts of this series of rocks were adorned with piped caulk
Dirty Lace Series
crushed coal collected from along the train tracks in Huntington, West Virginia
Cast cement and lace. Each disk roughly 48" in diameter.
up in blue
cast cement and buttercream frosting
cast cement, lace, fabric, pigment- pipe dreams was constructed to pay tribute to the two years I spent working as an industrial welder.
Site specific installation at Albany International Airport, Albany New York.
Domestic Science is a series that began by documenting and questioning my role as family historian when my mother handed me a box of old clothing of mine she was 'saving for me'. Shortly after I received these cute artifacts we began the process of cleaning out my Grandmother's home for her transition into assisted living. Questions of what to keep, what to discard and how objects can retain a memory kept surfacing. I realized, of course, that I am not alone in this struggle to hold on to memorabilia or to question what objects become the next generations stories and artifacts. I began domestic science as a way to sift through memories, record objects then move on.
This series of artwork has now developed into service for others. If you are searching for a way to document your child's blanket that is tattered, your Grandmothers collection of silk scarfs or your Great-Grandfathers antique tools he used to build his home, I have an answer for you. All these items can be photographed elegantly, and printed into beautiful prints to display in your home or wonderfully personal books.
Contact me today for a personal consultation. All work is looked at as an individual, unique fine art series and treated with extreme care. All prints and finished materials are archival and are a beautiful way to record and share your family story.
teaching and workshops
I teach a variety of classes and workshops and firmly believe that art should be a part of everyone's life, no matter your social-economic status. I have lead workshops in at-risk youth centers, day care facilities, out-treatment patient centers and created a 6 week art program for a maximum security women's prison in Willimington, DE. Currently, I work in an Independent School in Upstate, NY ; prior to re-locating to upstate NY I was Assistant Professor/Foundations Program Coordinator at Marshall University in Huntington, WV
Although workshops vary in medium and student ability, every class I teach engages the student in thoughtful, challenging activities. Projects involve collaborative problem solving, critical thinking exercises, creative exploration and developing a confidence with materials. Of course students will learn basic art principals and design basics, but I love to push art into different areas and look for unexpected outcomes. If you are interested in working on a project for you school, art center or facility, please reach out to me. If I have the time I would love to be involved.
students working together in the studio to produce a large public art inflatable sculpture at The College of Saint Rose
students at work on collaborative inflatable project at The College of Saint Rose
finished inflatable project with video projection at The College of Saint Rose
students working on large group ceramic project for figurative sculpture class: The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
Detail of collaborative group installation: 50+ 'mini head' studies: The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
time lapse video for color theory class. Students based design off previously painted color study. Animated video made using illustrator
Week one of class assignment-students 'tracing' lines on vellum to create their own new composition
vellum tracing composition-study in line
pattern study painted on a shoe of students choice
pattern study on shoe
collaborative installation held in Troy:Arts Center of the Capitol Region
students from summer camp make artwork, journal about it and play!
bird nest building fun
kindergarten Modrian studies in the sunlight
3rd grade Picasso portraits
Monochromatic painting study using your own invented pattern
pushing that invented pattern further in color choice and in compositional choice
student time lapse video created in two dimensional design class address a social problem
inflatable eyes installed
complimentary color study with complex neutrals
3D design paper and plaster study
plaster / paper study
working with inmates of Willmington DE department of corrections
critiquing work for a painted quilt make by women in the State of DE maximum security prision
braided rug made by women in prison program (rug constructed from discarded plastic bags) video of women braiding rug and hand painted and sewn quilt of memories
students working together on time lapse video project
Two-Dimensional Design Group Project
two dimension design group project-time lapse hand made video
Aboriginal design paintings -early stages
drawing bread before breaking bread at the Roarke Center
group project using cut paper
detail: site specific project using cut paper
student built cardboard chair-high school student
3d concepts inflatable
Student work for class inflatable project. Plastics, packing tape, adhesive and re directed air from stationary bicycle.
student inflating project using exercise bike
100 drawing assignment: drawing class
mini color studies
public art project with students, Charleston, WV
Here are a few shots from weddings I was lucky enough to photograph. I believe in stepping back and stepping in, but more importantly, I believe in paying attention to when to do which :)
After having kids I witnessed first hand just how quickly these tiny bundles change; never again will they be this small. I love to capture these 'fresh from the oven moments' mainly because I know how fleeting this time is. I have two kids of my own, still young enough that they tolerate me but so grown up it shocks me at times. I will happily hang out while you feed your baby, get them comfy, cozy-and picture ready, there is never any pressure or time limitation with new born shoots. If your interested in having me come to the hospital for the birth- I offer a documentary style photo essay package for this life changing moment.