Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I currently live and work there as an arts administrator and studio artist. I am a 1994 graduate of Alverno College in Milwaukee, receiving a B.A. in Studio Art and Art Education, and a 2003 graduate of New York University, receiving an M.A. in Studio Art. I am a Co-Founder of RedLine Milwaukee.
Extensive world travel study is a necessary part of my art making process. The narrative aspect of my work is a translation of ancient myths, rituals and ceremonies as their meanings perpetuate through time. I begin with a study of cultural norms or traditions, folk tales, fairy tales or religion for inspiration and use this research as a beginning point for my narratives. I am interested in the morality and universality of these issues and I question their relevance in modern time. My goal in these narratives is to open the debate of myth and ritual in order to analyze its place in daily reality. I achieve this by working in multimedia and installation projects. Working conceptually has made me more aware of my own art making process and how central my research is to that process.
Many artists today have lost confidence in the idea of artistic progress. Our postmodern era has produced a situation where technologies disseminate information and images at a confusing rate. I want my art to reflect on tradition, habit and morality and the analysis of life-sustaining ritual.
In 2009 I co-founded RedLine Milwaukee, an arts residency program and education center, with Steve Vande Zande. After five labor intensive years, we remain on the board of directors and various committees, and now look forward to more hours in the studio with the addition of recently added staff.