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"The Greeks had two meaning for it (Utopia): 'eu-topos', meaning the good place, and 'u-topos' meaning the place that cannot be.” Madmen: Babylon
|one week later|
Mass-produced objects are an abundant and ever-present medium which I manipulate to create seemingly organic installations and objects. A respect for the environment and attention to carbon neutrality is one of the parameters in which I work although not necessarily obvious in the final piece. The minimalist organic nature of the textural landscape defies its manufactured quality while lighting and shadow as well as specific location combine to heighten the ambiguity of the material. My work embraces the process of acquisition, and as a collector of other people’s objects I am interested in the energy of things, the memories they hold and the past they have lived. I explore impermanence, fragility, hope, futility and decay and embrace the meditative qualities of repetition using multiple media to express the exploration of alternative mediums whether installation, objects, performance, photography or video.
The end results are a study in the texture of a material that is overlooked for its artistic contributions and encourage viewers to participate visually and physically – to come closer, explore, remember and share. To me a successful piece initiates a conversation and seduces the viewer into an interaction, touching, sharing a memory, opening a dialogue.
Gallery Sitting (Performance); Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA: June 2011
Antarctica; Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Oakland, CA: May 2011.
Private Party; Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA: October 2010.
Compounding: Annual Group Show and Open Studios; Compound Gallery and Studios, Oakland, CA: July 2010
Art at Axis; Axis Gallery, San Jose, CA; July - September 2010
Wonderland (Curatorial Invitation); 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA; February 2010.
ReVisions: New Creations From Scrap (Juried); reMake Lounge Environmental Action Center; San Francisco, CA; December 2009 to January 2010 (Awarded Jurors Honorable Mention)
Chillin’ Productions at Mezzanine; San Francisco, CA; December 2009
4th Annual Holidayland, Blankspace Gallery; Oakland, CA; December 2009
Grad Night; CCAI Courthouse Gallery, Carson City, NV; June to August 2009
Sierra Nevada College Private Board Members Fundraiser, Lake Tahoe CA, June 2009
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition; The Tahoe Gallery, Incline Village, NV; May 2009
Melancholy Objects: BFA Solo Exhibition; The Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College; Incline Village, NV; April 2009
Sculpturally Translated Means Things! - Collaboration with Scott Oliver; The Tahoe Gallery, Incline Village, NV; February to March, 2009
Lake Tahoe Holiday Gala, Hyatt regency Ballroom, Incline Village, NV; December 2008
Saucy - Our Burning Man Experience; The Tahoe Gallery, Incline Village, NV; November 2008
Art People Gallery; San Francisco, CA; July 2004 to present
Willits Center Gallery; Fremont, CA; September 2004 to August 2008
Puffin Foundation Grant; May 2010
Jurors Honorable Mention: “Miss Havisham”; ReVisions: New Creations From Scrap; San Francisco, CA December 2009 to January 2010
Bachelor Of Fine Arts, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV; 2007 to 2009
Cum Laude Honors, Sierra Nevada College, Spring 2009
Art History Award, Sierra Nevada College, Spring 2009
Valedictorian Candidate Class of 2009, Sierra Nevada College, Spring 2009
Departmental Scholar Award in Fine Arts, Sierra Nevada College, Spring 2009
Sierra Nevada College; Incline Village, NV
Julie and Miles Jaffe; Queenstown, New Zealand
Francesc Zamora and Ian Ayers; Barcelona, Spain
Mary Ayers; Los Altos, CA