In my current body of work each image serves as a character for a larger narrative; scraps of a past of which I personally have little knowledge. As a small child we lived in a trailer, we had a pet raccoon, my biological father had long blond hair, we grew up in the swamps of South Carolina, and smoked a lot of pot.
However, this work is less about a personal narrative but rather a jumping off point to consider how one constructs narratives and how personal and collective stories are concocted and conceived. It examines how fantasy lives often swirl up around the smallest of ideas, gaining force and power the more one ponders them, until they birth a life of their own, separate and unearthed from the “reality” that was just a flash in time. My work twists and exploits notions of nostalgia for a lost youth, when everything was seemingly possible, and a longing for an idealism somehow unmarred by defeat and failure. This lingering desire to hold sweet and superficial ideals collides with an unraveling discomfort and dissolution. There is an attempt to freeze the past, yet the future continues to creep in, distorting and disturbing the vision.
This work is a continuation of paintings that experiment with a range of narrative structures. Internal vs. external lives are merged and the past, present, and future slide and slip, creating blanks and hollows. It is in this space between where meaning is formed.
Artist Bio / CV
I create monumental canvasses that explore fantasy, sexuality and nostalgia for what never existed. In my most recent exhibition I introduced drawings and sculptures that oscillate between particular memories and universal ideals, both documenting fleeting moments from a borrowed past and mining the residue of a life left behind. Selected solo exhibitions include P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, NY; Inman Gallery Houston, TX; James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA; and Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.
I have participated in several group exhibitions including “Phantasmania” curated by Elizabeth Dunbar and “Transfigure” at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; “Romancing the Skull”, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA and “Drama, Romance, Loneliness, Neurosis and many more diseases of the Soul” at Massimo Audiello Gallery, NY.
I was awarded the highly competitive Alice Kimball English Travel Grant enabling a research tour in 2003, as well as a two-year CORE Artist-in-Residence Fellowship through the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Eliza Randall Prize. My work has been included in articles written by Ken Johnson of the NY Times, Claire Barliant of Artforum and Modern Painters, Michelle White, Curator at the Menil Collection, Joyce Korotkin, Elizabeth Dunbar and Tyler Greene of Modern Art Notes. My work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. I have been nominated for several awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. I have been participated in several prestigious Artist-in-Residence programs: The RAIR program in Roswell, NM; Can Serrat near Barcelona, Spain; the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium.
I attended Boston University on a Dean’s Scholarship; I earned my BFA in Painting in 1998 and received my MFA from Yale University in 2003.