I was born and raised in the Northeast. I received my BFA in printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2010, and also completed programs at Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Art Institute Chicago. In 2008 I accepted a job with an acclaimed artist collective in Brooklyn as their head printer. I spent the following eight years silkscreening on virtually any surface, installing large scale wood and ceramic installations, producing print editions, and overseeing a number of other projects. During that period I learned how to be a working artist by the true definition of the term, and to cultivate my own studio practice while being employed full time- which beyond drawing and illustration includes tattooing, sign writing, and various design projects. Despite my long history with printmaking, I found myself drawn to the simplicity of pen and ink which is now my primary medium.
After twelve years in Brooklyn, I moved to New Orleans in 2017. My work has since shifted towards themes surrounding adorned portals, pathways and voids- explorations of both the uncertainty of death and a deteriorating planet. My work also references my fascination with the natural environment of the gulf south, as I am constantly inspired by the beauty of what grows here. In December 2022 I completed my fourth solo show, which explored these themes. I am currently, and probably forever, based in New Orleans.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Contrasting, impending, unravelling.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I grew up in New England, so I am enamored by the biodiversity of the subtropics. The natural elements definitely make their way to the paper in some form, whether they are directly referenced or inspire a nuanced organic pattern (the angular points on a palmetto or yucca, the draping of Spanish moss, etc.) I'm particularly fascinated by southern magnolias, which are older than dinosaurs and have this other worldly quality that is hard to explain.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
It starts and ends with a lot of alone time and over thinking.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Lee Bontecou, Laurie Lipton, Hilma af Klint, Leonard Baskin, Jenny Holzer, Gerhard Richter, Paul Morrison, Duke Riley, Félix González-Torres, Pat Perry, and a bunch of friends and colleagues who should be way more famous than they are.
Art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I like to think my work looks the way that My Bloody Valentine sounds.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Riding my bike around the neighborhood, taking long walks with the dogs, sending mail to my friends, working and/or hanging out in dive bars.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I love carnival season so much. The creativity that explodes out of this city is so astounding and I'll never get sick of it. Also the couple of weeks in the spring when all the jasmine blooms. And Halloween because I'm spooky.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I'm pretty sure I was a whale in my past life.
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