Instructor, Liberal Arts and Contemporary Practices (2013). BFA, 2010; and MFA, 2013, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Books: Egypt Egypt, Total Happiness. Publications: Hobart, Fogged Clarity, Pindeldyboz, Spork, Empire Builder, Jettison Quarterly.
Experience at SAIC
I received my BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism and my MFA in writing. I have been with the school for nealy a decade as both a student and a member of the faculty. I believe very much in the spirit of freedom and adventure the school promotes, for students and for teachers. It is a spirit that engenders risk and challenge, concepts that are essential for great art and critical thinking.
My medium is fiction writing, from traditional narrative novels to experimental shorts, songs, works for the stage, and poems. Fiction, for me, is the best, most engaging way to tell the truth about anything related to the human experience. Language is both visual and aural, it is music and form. For me it is an art form as well as a nuts and bolts approach to the meaning of life. My work is sentimental and political, two poles around which the cultural world revolves.
My personal work and teaching are also deeply engaged with the visual arts, which may or may not include writing. I have made conceptual and traditional photo work as well as performance and, through my relationship with SAIC, have managed to run the gamut of making from film to printmaking to watercolor. As a student of art history my writing has delved deeply into the academic and theoretical world of visual arts, especially regarding 19th century photography and pre-20th century American and European painting.
As a teacher I expect commitment and honesty. I want students to know themselves and their own work. If a student hasn't been pushed slightly or vastly beyond their limits, I have not done my job.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.