Using the objects that surround me as a point of departure, I am interested in how these mundane objects can stand in for, and become metaphors for anything and everything. Clusters of objects or marks become metaphors for other clusters, like a molecule is a cluster of atoms or a human being a cluster of cells. The objects in the drawings come together to make a larger form. In this way, the objects start to become more a part of a whole than individual things. Parts or all of the composition start to diffuse into each other, compressing space while at the same time creating atmosphere. In my drawings, I think of the accumulation of marks as a constellation that gives an indication of form. The marks do not confine these forms to a specific outline, which allows the white of the paper to become the unifying element that fuses everything together.
Artist Bio / CV
Education: 2007: Masters of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Seattle, 2003: Bachelors of Arts, Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley
Awards: 2011 4Culture Artist Grant, 2011 Jentel Foundation Artist Residency, 2011 Vermont Studio Center Residency, 2009 Neddy Artist Fellowship, 2009 4Culture Artist Grant, 2008 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award, 2008 Artist Trust GAP Grant
Solo Exhibitions: 2011: "Residual Forms," James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2009: "New Paintings," James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2008: "Transitions," James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA
Group Exhibitions: 2012: "Mirage," James Harris Gallery, "40+ Years of Richard Shaw's Students", Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, 2011:"Inventing an Illusive Space," Kirkland Art Center, "Hearing the Backbeat," Prographica, Seattle, WA, 2010: "A Preview of Things to Come," Prographica, Seattle, WA, "Honoring 15 Years of Neddy Fellows," Tacoma Art Museum, "You're So Cool," OHGE Ltd., Seattle, WA, "Meet Greet Rinse and Repeat," Monarch Contemporary, Seattle, WA, "Parallel Universes," Grey Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2009: "On Paper," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY, "Gathering Image, Fugitive Form," Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, WA, "Refracting Space," Steele Gallery, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA, "West Coast Drawings VIII," Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "Neddy Artist Fellowship," Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, "9th Northwest Biennial," Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, 2008: "Deep Space Punctuated by Planets," Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Message in a Bottle," James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Black and White Show," Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle, WA, "Seven Propositions," Ouch My Eye, Seattle, WA, "Bifocal," Ouch My Eye, Seattle, WA, 2007: "MFA Thesis Show, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2006: "Works on Paper," Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA, "SP1," Sandpoint First Year MFA Painting Exhibition, Seattle, WA, 2005: "Works in Progress," Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA