Seeking relevance and comprehension in the events that shape our culture while engaging the audience beyond that of a passive viewer are the driving forces that shape my work. Experiencing the dissonance between the reality of an event and the portrayal of an event is the subtext that the projects explore. Ultimately I strive to reexamine an experienced event not as the consumer of the spectacle, but rather as an active participant in the cultural dialogue. Equally important to the intent of the work is the manner in which it is made. In each project embracing the material fabrication of the work is a vital component of the work’s success. Marshall McLuhan believed that the “Medium is the Message” and in appreciating this belief, I actively look to the physicality of a work as another level of meaning. The nature of a piece is not simply a vehicle for intent, but a meaning in its own right. The convergence of these ideals may be best exemplified in The Missing.
The images created from The Missing confront the question of information as it pertains to the portrait. The drawings are based off the fliers received in the mail. Rendered with Ebony pencil, and Oil bar, the drawings have been exhibited both in formal gallery settings as well as “posters”, located outside in public spaces. In addition to drawings in the classic form, they have been reproduced in sugar and placed into cookies to comment quite literally on the idea of news and image consumption. This multi-media work repeatedly used the same images rendered in various methods that addressed different aspects of the intent of the work. From addressing the issues of public and private loss, to the failures of portraiture, to actually consuming the spectacle, the manner in which the work was made and presented spoke directly to each of these issues.
In diminishing the space between the work and the audience that may arise around the issues of craft, I challenge the audience to participate in the dialogues that I create with my work. In interacting with the world I hope that my work aids in bringing another chorus of voices to the discourse that shapes our culture and lives.
Artist Bio / CV
2001 Maryland Institute College of Art, Masters of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Md.
1997 University of Georgia, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Athens, Georgia.
2009 The Telepathy Drawings, Upcoming The Pinkyard Gallery at The Maryland Institute
College of Art. Baltimore, Maryland
2007 Activation, Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, Memphis Tennessee.
2007 Reenactments, Current Gallery, Baltimore Maryland.
2006 Faculty Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland.
2006 Thread, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut.
2005 The Telepathy Drawings, School 33, Baltimore, Maryland.
2005 Human Conditions, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland.
2005 We Are Where You See Us, John Fonda Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland.
2004 Collections Contained: An Exhibition of Artist’ Books, Chesapeake Gallery,
Harford County, Maryland.
Awards and Honors
2004 Guest Lecturer Spring Lecture Series “Dislocating the Image” Harford
Community College. Bel Air, Maryland
2001 Award for Excellence, Exit Art, New York City, New York.
2001 Invited Guest Lecturer Goucher University, Towson, Maryland.
2000 Visiting Artist at Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore, Maryland
1999-2001 Graduate Photography Fellowship, MICA, Baltimore, Maryland.
1997 First Place Recipient, UGA, Annual Juried Show, Athens, Georgia.
1996 Best of Show, UGA, Annual Juried Show, Athens, Georgia
Selected Articles and Reviews
“Just Desserts” Carol Knowles. The Memphis Flyer. 10/25/2007
“Hip Threads” Zach Hughes. The New Haven Advocate. 6/01/2006.
“Hanging by a Thread” Donna Doherty. New Haven Register. 5/21/2006.
“Uneven Flow”. J. Bowers. City Paper. 7/13/2005.
“Exploring the Male Experience.” Mary Jessica Hammes. Athens Banner Herald 9/11/2002.
“Baltimore Bound.” Michael O’Sullivan. The Washington Post. 1/18/2002.