I believe in the statement, "Art Saves Lives". The creative process is therapeutic and transformative, and is often the most effective means of solving a problem. It is also not always the first thing we think of when struggling to solve something. That's why I love collaborations. The pattern-interrupt of creating with another person opens a pathway to previously unseen worlds.
I am inspired to make collaborative art that facilitates community togetherness, and moves the participants and the audience to let their freak flags fly.
As Humans, we have constructed our norms, and we have the ability to deconstruct and reconstruct them too. Flip flopping from the big picture to the little picture, telescoping out, then microscoping in, is a means of playing with our perceptions and freeing our minds from constraints. For example, check out my Human Paint Drops project that I did in Chelan WA. It took a group of people to create a powerful image of one person.
Adding an element of surrealism to an otherwise common image or experience is another way of expanding our scope. For example, creating and wearing a mask, such as in my Monsterlove project, provides participants new ways of thinking about what art can be. Once brought to life, the masks introduce us to another new world that's never been experienced before, even when worn in our very own neighborhoods.
Whatever I have my hands on or in, I am an obsessive up-cycler, with resourcefulness in mind. I work in a variety of media: primarily painting, paper mache, collage, mosaic, photography, and sewing.
Please contact me for collaborations, community art, workshops, and commissioned pieces. I look forward to getting to know you and to discovering how the creative process can solve your problems and enrich YOUR life and community.
2018 Gilded Lily Storefront, Fish Lady Mannequin Heads, Wenatchee WA
2018 Riverwalk Inn, Chelan WA, Summer Display
2017 Radar Station, Wenatchee WA, Orphan Show
2016 Artisan Bakery, Chelan WA, Anonymous Show
2014 Riverwalk Inn, Chelan WA, Summer Display
2011 Trashion Show, Austin Contemporary Art Museum
2010 East Austin Studio Tour (MONSTERLOVE STUDIO)
2009 East Austin Studio Tour (MONSTERLOVE STUDIO)
2008 East Austin Studio Tour (MONSTERLOVE STUDIO)
2003 Cosmetology Diploma from Milwaukee Area Technical College
2001 Bachelors of Art and Education Degree from University Wisconsin Milwaukee
1997 Foundation year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design