“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. Figurative art has sat alongside this waxing and waning, capturing archivable zeitgeists implored by our human condition. Historically curated by those in powerful roles of identity and socioeconomic platforms, the gallery setting remains exclusionary. My arts practice is inspired by my own afforded privilege to document my voice, experiences, and belief systems. I make sculptures that focus on unpacking and reinterpreting the experience of womanhood through intersectional feminism. I have no interest in white washing or cis gendering that identity. These stories are drawn from the scrapbooked experiences lived by those I hold dear and of my own.
I am a hopeless romantic for the tenderness of figurative bodies. I find divinity in the crooks of joints, the pillowing of flesh, the vulnerability of something so seemingly strong as bone. My animals are relatable characters, used tongue in cheek to replace and critique their human counterparts. My figures express across a spectrum of femininity while they stand unashamedly present in their observation of the viewer. They are created with the idea of contrasting the bodies frequently displayed within the imperial monolith of the traditional art gallery format. I seek to create these physical representations that allow every child on a school field trip the opportunity to see themselves celebrated in the room.
My use of color draws from my nod to the naivety of childhood. Projecting the weight of the mental health burdens of an adult existence, my figures and their clothing remain monochromatic. They sit amongst a vibrant world. The scenes are often flattened into deconstructed forms, reminiscent of childlike drawings. Each sculpture is embellished with collections of imagery stemming from Christianity, nature, and art history. In this choice, I hope to make my work quickly grab the viewer with its familiarity and symbolism. Never overtly inflammatory, the figures present with an initial layer of placid beauty. My pieces are not outwardly provocative, but are instead veiled by layers of interpretation for the viewer to peel away at their discretion.
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”