“I don’t always feel beautiful, but I always feel human, and maybe that’s my problem.”
Empires have grown and burst in repetition for thousands of years. Alongside this waxing and waning of history sits figurative art. This genre of art has a capacity for capturing archivable timelines and narratives of our human history. In many ways it is a form of societal curation across the ages. Inspired by the opportunity to document my own experiences and belief systems, my sculptures focus on unpacking and reinterpreting the identity of womxnhood. These explorations navigate the human condition and become an opportunity to contend with social issues. This work is as much focused on self healing as it is on educating and advocating.
I am a hopeless romantic for the tenderness of figurative bodies. Both human and animal. I find divinity in the crooks of joints, the pillowing of flesh, the vulnerability of something so seemingly strong as bone. My humans are most often rawly feminine and unashamedly present in their conversations with the viewer. My animals are relatable characters, used tongue in cheek to replace and and critique their human counterparts.
Each sculpture is embellished with collections of imagery stemming from organized religions, nature, and art history. In this choice, I hope to make my work quickly grab and intrigue the viewer with its familiarity. Never overtly inflammatory, the figures present with an initial layer of placid beauty. The viewer is given the opportunity to unpack these symbolic gestures and objects at their own discretion.
Sculpting out of solid blocks of clay, I work from top to bottom, sans armature. I use the hardening of clay over time to create standing bodies. They are then hollowed and rebuilt prior to firing. The figures remain gestural, with sweeping applications of clay to describe muscle and movement.
SOLO EXHIBITION HISTORY
“GRRL” August - September 2021, Boxheart Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA.
“Rose Colored Glasses” August 2019, Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Sewickley, PA.
"Living West" May - August 2015, Medalta Potteries. Alberta, Canada.
“Backroads” April 2014, Maryland Institute College of Art. Baltimore, MD.
GROUP EXHIBITION HISTORY
"New Members Exhibition" March - April 2021. Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.
“2020 Sculpture National” April 2020, Clay Studio of New Orleans . New Orleans, LA.
"Beyond The Brickyard" February - April 2020, Archie Bray Foundation. Helena, MT.
“Miami Art Basel” December 2019, Boxheart Gallery, Aqua Art Miami. Miami Beach, FL.
“Wild Things” July 2019, CDCP Project Space. Pittsburgh, PA
“Drawn From Nature” April 2019, Audubon Society. Greater Philadelphia, PA.
“A Woman’s Voice Through Art” April - June 2018, Erie Art Gallery. Erie, PA.
"NCECA The Gist Street International Ceramics Bash” March 2018, James Simon Gallery. Pittsburgh, PA.
“The Rust Belt Invitational” November - January 2017/18, Standard Ceramics. Carnegie, PA.
“Workhouse Clay International” August - October 2017, Workhouse Arts Center. Lorton, VA.
“Drawn From Nature” April 2017, Audubon Society. Greater Philadelphia, PA.
"Nature: Surface, Form, Content" February - March 2017, The Clay Studio. Missoula, MT.
"Menagerie" May - July 2016, Baltimore Clayworks. Baltimore, MD
“2015 Young Talent” January - April 2015, Washington Art Association. Washington, CT.
AWARDS, GRANTS, ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2020, Inducted into Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
2020, Received New Sun Rising, Exploring COVID Impacts Through Visual Arts grant.
2020, Inducted into ArtAxis
2019, Sculpture Visiting Artist at Penn State Beaver.
2018, Nominee for Emerging Artist of Pittsburgh.
2017, Inducted into The Craftsman Guild of Pittsburgh.
2017, Received Audubon Society Award.
2016, Inducted into Pittsburgh Society of Artists.
2014, Received National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Regina Brown Fellowship.
2020, Beaver County Times, Artists Illustrate Impact of COVID-19
2020, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Featured Entry for Sculpture Award
2020, Clay Crits, “July Team Pick”
2020, Ceramic Arts Monthly, March “Exposure”
2019, Aqua Art Miami/Art Basel, 15th Anniversary Booklet Cover
2019, Pittsburgh City Paper, “Sweetwater Center For The Arts Has A Cow”
2018, Emerging Artist featured on Musing About Mud.
2014, Medicine Hat News, “Stone Working Clay”