A prominent theme in my work is how we as humans have evolved to be curious beyond our instincts despite sometimes struggling to adapt to our surroundings. My paintings depict lone organisms surviving in harsh conditions, starting with exotic beetles, to more familiar creatures such as mammals like jackrabbits and astronauts.
These works are motivated by consideration of the unknowable nature of the animals’ instinctual motives within their native environment. In 2010-2011, I created a diorama nestled in the back of a cargo trailer titled Preserving Mass Extinction: A Portable Landscape. The scene depicts the Permian Basin (now West Texas) about 250 million years ago. Shallow seas covered much of what is now dry land, and underwater creatures such as brachiopods flourished; a mass extinction ended this period and created the rich oil reserves of the region. Eventually, the seas dried up, animals grew legs, moved to land and became mammals, then survived, endured, and dominated. Jackrabbits and Cowboys eventually evolved together and continue to inhabit the area in large numbers!
These series of works portray something preserved in time for study and observation and continue to question the unknown, the ancient past and future.
Artist Bio / CV
Born 1975, Indiana. Lives and works in New York City. 2011, solo exhibition No Man's Land at Churner and Churner, NYC. The Royal Family paintings were featured in two solo exhibitions in Marfa, TX at Eugene Binder Gallery and Wave Hill in the Bronx. I have participated in several group shows, including Entomologia at the Observatory Room, Bklyn, Before & After in Marfa, TX, Rubber Sheets at C.R.E.A.M Projects, Bklyn, Bioluminescence at Akus Gallery in Willimantic, CT.
In addition, I have worked as an artist and Assistant Preparator at the American Museum of Natural History, where I have completed diorama mural paintings and fabricated installations for the Museum’s special exhibitions.
In 1998, I earned a BFA at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and was awarded an assistantship at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy.