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Working across media— photography, intaglio, silkscreen, and sculpture, my work investigates the ephemeral nature of day-to-day occurrences and memories. Caught up in repetition and obsession, this body of work attempts to highlight the subtleties we miss in routine and habit and the presence that lingers in this absence.

My work is saturated in imagery typically associated with domestic and feminine life, such as doilies and hair. It attempts to transform light motifs into works with broader and deeper meaning. Elements of play, humor, and humility are integral to my art making which draws from my imagination, surroundings, DIY/design blogs, and art history.

Looking Ahead I, a series of photographic portraits of heads from behind, questions which gaze dominates the piece— the photographer, viewer, or sitter. The repetitious nature of the hair, textures, and colors bear a sense of monotony with unexpected beauty and surprises. Can we glean meaning from the back of a head, something that we generally deem incommunicable? Do we find meaning about the subject, or rather about ourselves and the images, or about all of these things?

Looking Ahead II, a triptych of double layered photographs on transparent paper combines images of two different subjects wrapped in towels after a shower. Again, the series addresses the gaze in art and its complexities. This piece is less stagnant than Looking Ahead I, thus drawing upon the experience of water and its fluid properties, a metaphor for the transient nature of time and the self.

White Doilies, an installation, covers a wall in a grid of embossed doilies on white paper. This piece again utilizes repetition to create a superficial sense of sameness. The subtle nature of the piece attempts to draw the viewer into the work. Only a trace of the doily remains recalling the sense of a fleeting past or memory.

The most playful and colorful project, Hair Balls, was inspired by the frequency of Patagonia fleeces on the Middlebury Campus. The piece consists of five sewn fleece pods in head like forms. Zippers create open mouths from which orange yarn spews out like masses of hair.

These projects are linked by their use of repetition and reflections on a sense of place. The works question how we project our experiences, memories, and feelings onto art and how it is projected back at us. It is my hope that these pieces do not provide a clear answer or message but rather are left open to interpretation and constant reinvention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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