I am a text-based artist working in Minneapolis. I have recently completed residencies at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, Spudnik Press in Chicago, the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN and the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI. In 2021 I was awarded a MN State Arts Board grant to fund my debut solo exhibition, A Feather Plucked From its Bird, held at Dreamsong in Minneapolis, MN in 2022.
My ongoing body of work is a series of drawings, monoprints, and sculptural forms. The work combines abstraction with handwritten text that draws from how meaning is derived from and created by language. I am specifically interested in the way language is used in context of chronic illness and pain, and how language complicates personal relationships. Often the work is presented as many pieces creating one larger poetic statement in an installation. The accumulative method of creating work reflects how language operates in human relationships – we develop specific languages and histories between each other that are then built on by the next thing we say.
There is an endless array of context and experience that dictates the meaning we gather from language. My work takes this moment of language, the uncertainty and anticipation of meaning, and ruminates in it, carefully taking note of how the language we use – spoken and unspoken – acts upon others. As others view and interact with the work, they are creating their own narrative with the text based on their own experience and past context.