Born Chicago, IL 1988
From Lexington, Kentucky.
MFA Candidate at Sierra Nevada College
BA from Vassar College 2010.
Imagine a Venn Diagram with a circle for public messages and one for private. I am in love with that overlap. Through my paintings, I invent literal space for an overlap between public and private communication. I’m drawn to make personal notes communal or to transform universal directives into intimate and contemplative ones.
Does forgery always have to be sinister? What some might see as a federal crime, I see as as an act of love and a desire to connect. I collect handwriting samples of my closest family and friends. Their alphabets become my tools for relaying invented messages to myself and the viewer. Deep seated anxieties about my personal relationships become proclamations to the world. The specific quirks of someone’s handwriting are not meant to be attributed to a certain person, but rather to explore the universality of anxiety and desperation for acceptance.
In another series of paintings, a collection of neon signs becomes inspiration to think through the implications of a near omnipresent technology that is meant to reach the most people from the farthest distance. By translating the neon onto canvas I am further trying to manipulate the specificity in audience and context. Words that were meant to benignly direct us can sting and unsettle our insides. I have found great power in being able to turn the signs off and flip them upside down.
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