Education: BFA, 2005, Grand Valley State University; MFA, 2012, University of Illinois at Chicago. Exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago; Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Powrplnt, NYC; The Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago; The Wrong- New Digital Art Biennale, Internet; Gallery 400, Chicago; #Programa La Plaza, Madrid, Spain; UICA, Grand Rapids, MI. Awards: p5.js Contributors Conference Residency, 2019; Residency at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 2018-19; The HATCH Projects Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition 2016–17; ACRE Residency, 2014; Media Archeology Lab Residency 2014.
Enmeshed in a complicated network of streamlined technological interfaces, I’m interested in how we negotiate our physical and virtual lives within overlapping themes of consumerism, surveillance, play, environmental impact and future histories. References to hardware and software infrastructure is common in my work, as well as abstract representations of the body using 3D scanning, animation and responsive data manipulation. These abstractions point to a mutable and evolving identity while navigating through fields of constantly updated personal data and devices.
Some of my projects exist mainly online for a more intimate experience through 3D animations, video and interactive web applications. Another project called clumzy speculates on new forms of localized peer to peer communication by developing a working prototype of a simple squishy alien like communication device. Other projects exist as a hybrid of gallery installations and networked digital systems. Sometimes these installed works encourage the viewer to use their mobile device to connect to and interact with a mini internet through a local area network (LAN). Once connected to this LAN, the viewer is led through a playful, although sometimes absurd, data collecting app.
Utilizing these spaces of immediacy and physical presence, my work generates moments where we can start to understand and consider the relationships formed within larger corporatized networks that employ a continuous data and labor feedback loop with he body. As these loops and interactions become increasingly remote, targeted, automated and controlled, experiences of saturation, uncanniness and contradictions start to emerge.
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.