I am fascinated by the interplay of strength and fragility, the balance between safety and vulnerability. I am captivated by the exchanges that occur between entities, each exploring secrets held by the other. In the midst of a culture that has commodified relationships, I explore the sacredness of interconnection.
Standing, moving, and touching the steel I find that when creating one form it easily evolves into three more. They shift and mutate as I play, encouraging repetition and surprise. Connections are drawn in the large sculptures through the geometry, materials, and colors. By creating templates, patterns that hold the steel into specific shapes while I am welding, the steel sculptures all carry a strong connection through their origin and geometry.
Sitting, kneeling, and tinkering with the found objects to create the small pieces is personal and meditative. These pieces seem to spring from my fingers unconsciously, the found objects dictating their own roles. Discovery comes from the working with the materials: steel, twine, horsehair, clay, wire, leather, velvet, glass, crab claws, bamboo, rubber and more.
These pieces are meditations on the interactions between entities. They encompass thoughts about relationships in all forms: interactions between humans, viewers and art, and our relationships with the universe and other beings.
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture, May 2011
Minors in Spanish and Art History
Overall GPA 3.64, 3.77 in Art; Dean’s List five semesters
James S. Laing Scholarship, 2010
Principled Problem Solving Scholar, 2008-2009
Guilford College Achievement Award
CIEE Study Center, Barcelona, Spain, Spring 2010
Architecture and Design Study Abroad Program
Durham Academy, Durham, NC, Diploma, May 2007
Independent travel in Spain, Belgium, France, England, Portugal, and Bonaire.
2011-2012 Exchange Gallery Juried Exhibitions Series, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2011-2012 Juried Exhibitions Series, Public Arts Office, Chapel Hill, NC (Selected for a three person exhibition in the Chapel Hill Town Hall)
RIPE, 2011 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition, Founders Hall Commons and Quadrangle, Guilford College, April 22-May 8, 2011
Texas National 2011, Ledbetter Gallery of The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX, 2011 (One of 98 artists selected by juror James Drake from 600 entries)
Eros 7, Lyndon Street Artworks, Greensboro, NC, February 2011
Guilford College Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, 2010
(Awarded 1st Place and Honorable Mention in Sculpture)