My work embraces the intersection of both of art and literature in the tradition of the multimedia or nontraditional novel.
I didn’t want to write about poetry here. I imagined transitioning from poetry to visual art seemlessly; eventually not bringing up metaphors at all, and chastising the simplicity of text in general. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to give the alphabet or my hands up. In literary spaces I now ask “why is it on paper?” and in art critiques, I ask “isn’t there a better way to say this?”
Crafting text and non-linear illustration, I hope to convey a story that couldn't otherwise be told with only words, or only images.
Experiments in Chest Installations
These are several of my early works exploring installation through various basic mediums: paper, wood, twice, & plastic sheeting.
How Do You Get to Love? (Fall 2013)
This was an installed pulley system with letters attached. The letters formed words if the audience arranged them. They spelled either, "fly," or "fall," but could not spell them at the same time.
Growth (Fall 2013)
Using only paper, water and glue, I created this sculpture to emulate a molecular image. Interestingly, this molecular or biological imagery has appeared in my recent bookmaking work.
Remember How We Used to Fit Together? (Fall 2013)
Using 8 sheets of plastic sheeting, and white and silver paint markers, I displayed traced 2' x 3' drawings of separate figures. The figures appear to be together, but are placed on separate sheets. Projected light reflected the white contoured drawings on the opposite wall, showing the figures as united.
I’m interested in emotions being tangible, and the forms these emotions take being discovered and exchanged. I started this project thinking of filling voids, and interpreted voids as loneliness and emptiness, particularly in relationship to the body. In this project, forms were created in the void of hands clasped in a prayer position.
In this way, unanswered prayers become palpable. The bone-like forms on the shore ask where prayers go after they leave hands, and suggest some hope in them coming back to us, as well as what it might mean to find, trace and lift other’s grief.
Through laying the forms on a lake beach--a public space--I wanted to offer something new to be found, that felt like it belonged to someone all along. I intended to create an experience that would healing.
Collaboration with Willina Cain
Graphic design through posters and social media has allowed me to promote important events that I organize or support. It's given me the ability to have something to offer to activists and grassroots organizations, as well as to more established institutions with strong missions, like the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.