Bachelor of Fine Arts
Edward Ryerson Fellowship Recipient
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), SAIC, 2011
Merit Scholarship Recipient
BFA Fellowship Recipient, 2011
Little Animal House, Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL, 2011
The Happy Springtime Funshow, The Autotelic Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2011
Spring Undergraduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries SAIC, Chicago, IL, 2011
Temperature: Connecting the Senses, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL, 2010
Keep it Local, Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL, 2010
The Location of Things, Chicago Pedway, Chicago, IL, 2009
Experience at SAIC
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), I have developed and grown as an artist in ways I could not have imagined. I have come to be a part of an amazing community of peers and teachers who have helped to inspire me to think critically about my work. I have gained an exceptional and challenging education that has given me great confidence that I will succeed in my endeavors as an artist.
My work is about inventing a kind of geography through the creation of narrative spaces based on personal and collective histories. I am interested in creating images that express abstract architectural spaces combined with detailed imagery that explores issues of womanhood, sacrifice, lineage, and sexuality. I am exploring the contrast between the rendering of detailed, objective imagery and loose, abstract imagery that is detached from a specific source. My goal is to approach this investigation process through the isolation and repetition of drawn, painted, printed, and collaged forms. By creating images with layers of abstract and specific imagery woven together, I attempt to develop nonlinear, visual narratives based around the subject matter mentioned above.
I plan to use my Fellowship award toward a studio space where I can continue my practice while having a space of my own to explore new materials and modes of working.
Recently I have become interested in the investigation of certain forms through isolation and repetition. I want to approach this through a process of response in regard to immediate and meditative image making influenced by my surroundings. Keeping in mind allegory and what different objects, spaces, and people represent when isolated and repeated, I want to explore the contrast between the rendering of such images as immediate response versus a slower, meditated rendering which might occur at a distance from the original source. I am interested in my own translation through these contrasting methods and how that determines symbolism, structure, and space.
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.