I like watching kids draw; I like the way they draw, the mechanics of their drawings. I like listening to them talk as they draw: “This is my mom... and this is our house... and this is the sun... and these are some flowers... and this is me... and this is a tree.” Or: “Here are the good guys, and they’re bombing the bad guys but their tanks are shooting the good guys’ tanks and here are some missiles.“ They make explosion sounds when they’re drawing battle scenes. This kind of drawing is personal, additive, compulsive, archetypal, a tangle of imagery, symbols, and language.
When I was a kid drawing was about a process of social negotiation, a way to sort through the mythologies and stories in circulation around myself. Unwittingly, I was using drawing to map the structure of the social world and figure out my place in it. As an adult my work has much the same function. It’s a playful but earnest exploration of the interplay of language, symbold, flesh, and food.
Artist Bio / CV
MFA, Painting, University of Washington,2011
MA, Painting, University of Michigan, 2003
BA, Classics, Brown University, 2001