I am preoccupied with the social realm. I pointed a camera at my relationships until I learned other tools, like making platforms, personas, and performances. I use these experiences to understand why we need each other and why we need meaning. I also write things and tell stories to my mother on the phone. I deeply enjoy working with other artists. My positions in nonprofit arts organizations have taught me to integrate administrative tactics and systemic thinking into my projects. My projects often assume the form of established infrastructures that I shift to meet a purpose. For example, The Work Office (TWO), in collaboration with Katarina Jerinic, is a WPA-inspired employment agency for artists; Iron Maiden Artists Tours leads artistic adventures in a 1978 Volvo station wagon.
I have been a resident at The MacDowell Colony, The Wassaic Project, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’s SHIFT Residency; a participant in LMCC’s Swing Space and a local inbound resident at apexart; and received a Brooklyn Arts Council grant. The Work Office (TWO) was produced five times in New York, 2009–11, including in Times Square with the Times Square Alliance. Iron Maiden Artist Tours ran 2011–13 with six tours and artists. I sometimes perform or create work for nonart venues. My work has been included in exhibits at the Arts Incubator and Crossfit Commitment in Chicago, IL; The Wassaic Festival, NY; CONFLUX 2012, New York, NY; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA; the Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY; Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA; and Printed Matter, New York, NY.
I was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and lived nearby in New Lebanon, NY. My family moved to Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Washington, DC before I was able to gain more control of my whereabouts. I received a BA in English and studio art at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and later an MFA in photography at San Francisco Art Institute. Before my current home in Newburgh, NY, I peregrinated through Providence, Rhode Island; Puerto Ayora, Islas Galapagos; Bar Harbor, Maine; and New York, New York, among other locales.