I believe that making art is a form of research in which you can "think" with your feelings, and that you can learn from this process. Sometimes, though, this possibility of knowledge seems to elude me and I find myself moving down blind alleys and putting paint on paper in a mindless, repetitious manner. When this happens, I look to other artists for information and a way to produce a more accurate reading of what is going on in my world. I borrow their expressive abilities, sometimes in a direct, literal manner, and sometimes in a more circuitous way and with tongue firmly in cheek. In these large, mixed media works on paper, I combine drawings from various artists (Joseph Beuys, Philip Guston, Egon Schiele and others). I use their efforts as the framework for an imagined conversation with my art-making partners.
Artist Bio / CV
I was born in Athens, Georgia and received a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia (1976), a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (1984), and a PhD in art history from the University of Georgia in 2008.
I am represented in Atlanta by Sandler Hudson Gallery. I lived in NYC from 1984 to 1996, during which time I produced various solo projects (a White Room show at White Columns, Althea Viafora Gallery, Information Gallery, ID Galerie in Düsseldorf). I also participated in numerous group shows. I have been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and Fellowship Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Cite International des Arts (Paris), Hambidge Center, and the P.S. 1 National Studio Program.
Prior to teaching, I worked as the Curatorial Assistant at the following New York City institutions: The New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim Museum and Artists Space. I was formerly the Assistant Director of The New York Kunsthalle and the Gallery Director and Curator for the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. I currently teach at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
I consider myself a re-emerging artist (after years of working on a dissertation and living far away from a competitive art market).