Associate Professor, Fiber Material Studies (2001), Painting (2008). BFA, 1988, Villanova University; MFA, 1992, Cranbrook; Skowhegan, 1992. Solo Exhibitions: Threewalls, Chicago; Artpace; San Antonio, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley. Group Exhibitions: Elmhurst Art Museum, IL; Sonoma County Museum of Art; Pera Museum, Istanbul; Bronx Museum, NY; Arena, LA; Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; MOCA Detroit. Bibiography: Wall Street Journal, Europe, Chicago Tribune. Awards: Public Art Fund, NY; Chicago Public Art Commission; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award; MacDowell Colony Fellowships; Oregon College of Art and Craft; Penland School of Craft.
With hybrid material use bringing into conflict histories of modernism, collage, craft, textiles, and painting, my work suggests a new relationship between these histories. I make surfaces and objects that question their own classification and reference literary and scientific representations of archetypes, symbols, and signs through my interests in abstraction, design, and semiotics. By employing hand mechanical processes in the work I make, I am interested in adding both a dialogue of material protest as well as a dismantling of art & craft hierarchies. For me, the choice to manipulate by hand materials into surfaces & objects that appear to be highly familiar and recognizable graphic images helps translate modernist tendencies into intimate spectacles. This materiality is a meaning that is distinctive in order to make haptic experiences as a reconsideration and representation of the field and form.
Serious collaborative play in a Montreal sound studio & learning new ways to animate signs.
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