My goal as an artist is innovation through material exploration and research. New developments in my practice are fueled by my curiosity and by immersing myself in new processes. As such, my portfolio has many branches. It includes illustrating literature, organizing a global collaborative street art project, hand-making artist books, and creating life-sized animal and human sculptures. The constant element throughout is the stitch. I stitch into paper collage, I stitch magnets, I stitch book spines, and I stitch and embroider textile skins. The act of sewing is meditative, it represents a tick in time, and it allows my hand to leave traces for viewers to observe. The relationship between the skin and the form in my sculptures is the same as it is in nature: the stretched surface molds around the solid interior without losing its softness or vulnerability. I work with fiber because it is a constant in our human experience and it draws my audience in for a closer look.
I studied Studio Art and Literature at Swarthmore College, in Swarthmore, PA. A year after graduating, I moved to New York City to pursing my career as a sculptor. I was a part of the 2014 Artist-in-the-Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum and I have been awarded both work-study and a technical-assistant scholarships to the Haystack Mountain School of Craft for fiber workshops in the summers of 2014 and 2015 respectively.
In the fall of 2015 I was the first two-month resident at the StudioWorks program at the Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine. During that residency, I created 644 works on paper in 18 different artistic styles / materials each in response to a single page in James Joyce’s infamous novel Ulysses. I self-published that project as a book called “Illustrating Joyce’s Ulysses in Eight Weeks.” The book was favorably featured by Harvard professor Louis Menand in his 2016 Bloomsday article for The New Yorker. It has been collected by Universities across the country and by the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. This June, I was invited to present my work to The North American James Joyce Conference hosted by the University of Toronto.
In the summer of 2016, I was commissioned by the Breckenridge International Festival of Art to bring 1,000 magnetic butterflies to Colorado. This commission was an offshoot of my global street art project, Swarm the World, which I have been coordinating since 2014. Swarm the World connects a network of 180 collaborators in 45 different countries on all seven continents who are each installing and photographing 300 magnetic cyanotype butterflies in their local environments. The project aims to bring momentary beauty to overlooked metal spaces and objects in urban areas and to highlight human intervention in rural areas.
By working with a group of international collaborators, my butterflies continue to reach new audiences and the scale of the project is greater than I could ever have achieved on my own. The photographs of their ephemeral installations are currently being collected and arranged into a book which I hope to self-publish this fall.
I have forthcoming exhibits at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (Fall 2018) and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville, TN (Spring 2020). Both of these solo shows will feature sculptures from my developing body of work “Flood Lines” which seeks to engage in the conversation about rising sea-levels due to climate change. The pieces are detailed and tactile representations of intertidal ecosystems set on Classical Greek artifacts.