My delicately rendered landscapes manipulate perception, creating fantastical iterations in which artificial and natural imagery fuse to become newly impossible sites. Working in graphite pencil on paper, I create obsessively detailed scenes inspired by the urban environment. With photography acting as a starting point, the recent drawings have evolved from the literal to the unbelievable, now amalgamating selected elements from my collection of images and integrating them to make a single drawing.
I use the juxtaposition between natural and manmade surroundings to illustrate the invasive tendencies of modern urbanization. Without blatantly depicting nature as being “under-siege” by modernity, the drawings instead capture the imbalance created when nature tries to reclaim or adapt to urban expansion. From the industrial technology at the Port of Los Angeles to the audacity of the cell phone signal towers disguised as “trees”; from the bleakly quiet stretches of concrete riverbeds through suburbia to the stubborn sections of nature that survive amidst ever-encroaching development-these elements of Long Beach, Los Angeles and the suburbs inspire me to dream up images of what I think is to come if we continue building cities in this manner. Hinting at the contemporary threat of environmental degradation, my dense drawings depict seemingly mundane spaces that have been artificially altered or supercharged. The artificiality of our natural environment as well as our quest for it is questioned.
Artist Bio / CV
2014: Solo show, Moorpark College Art Gallery, Moorpark, CA, November 2014. 2013: Not In My Backyard: Urban Drawings, California State University Dominguez Hills Art Gallery, January 2013. 2012: Spotlight artist, Art San Diego-Contemporary Art Fair, Katherine Cone Gallery, September 2012. 2011: California Girls (2 person), Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY, June. Ghetto Birds and Suburban Dreams, Long Beach Playhouse Gallery, Long Beach, CA, April 2011. 2010: I wanna be here in my city, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA, June 2010. 2007: Next Exit, Cristinerose gallery, New York, NY, November 2007. 2006:Next Exit, Bandini Art, Culver City, CA, August 2006. Next Exit, romo gallery, Atlanta, GA, June 2006.
Group Exhibitions (selected)
2014: Monochromart, 3 person show, Launch LA, Los Angeles, CA, August C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowships Exhibition (catalog) Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, May 2014.Welcome to L.A./Please Come Again, Los Angeles International Airport Terminal 7/8, through the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, February 2014. 2013: A Visible Mark: Contemporary Drawings, Norco College Art Gallery, Norco, CA, October 2013. 2012: Legitimate Rape: Political Art in 2012, Katherine Cone Gallery, Culver City, CA, October 2012. Featherweight, West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, October 2012. California Girls, Katherine Cone Gallery, Culver City, CA, March 2012. Obscured Lines: Contemporary Drawing in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March 2012. 2011: Fabrications, Marx and Zavaterro, San Francisco, CA, January 2011. Staccato, d.e.n. contemporary art, Los Angeles, CA, January 2011.
Grants and Residencies
-Residency at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, August 2014. -L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs C.O.L.A. 2014 Artist Fellowship, LosAngeles,CA. -The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY, 2012. -ARC (Artists’ Resources for Completion) grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, CA, December 2012.