about ︎

I am a printmaker-poet working in Minneapolis. I have completed residencies at Highpoint Center for Printmaking & Spudnik Press in Chicago. This year I have been a Jerome Fellow at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing & have received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for support towards my debut poetry collection & fine artists’ book edition, to be released in January 2022.  

My work affirms & celebrates the experience of chronic illness & disability. I make copperplate etchings, scraping away & altering the copper to show a long history of marks on the final print. This markmaking is bodily & visceral, a translation of lived experience into inscription. My prints are a vehicle for my poetry, often taking form in installations where the repeated singular print becomes a unified poetic statement.

I relate the arduous processes of printmaking to living with a chronic illness. The labor & time behind making a print is often unseen & unknown. Similarly, folks who live with disabilities or chronic illnesses are expected to cloak the way their bodies operate in favor of assimilating to the norm. Often, folks with invisible disabilities are accused of lying, expected to ‘out’ themselves or prove to others that they are disabled. This labor is reenacted & made physical in the act of making a print.

My poetry highlights the complexity & nuance of chronic illness, using metaphor to widen & enrich people’s understanding of chronic illness & disability outside of the norm. Rather than focusing on productivity, strength & a false progression from sick to healthy, I create a dialogue that celebrates the embodiment of illness itself - in all of its complexity. 
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