Currently in the final stretches of my MFA at Edinboro University.
Honored to have gotten myself and Hannah Pierce's thesis show EPHEMERAL accepted by NCECA 2018 as a concurrent exhibition and added onto the bus tour route!!! This means that you can see our joint thesis show at the 2018 NCECA Conference in Pittsburgh at BoxHeart Gallery! The show is up for the entire month of March!
The older we get the more reflective we become. After looking over older work compared to newer, trying to remember the state of mine in which a piece was created its becoming more and more clear that connection between mentality and expulsion of emotions into my works. I am excited to start this new adventure in the tundra of the American snow belt; who knows what might come out.
My work is done in clay because I feel it is the most malleable, responsive material that directly transcends my thoughts, ideas, and desires. I have always been drawn to clay; making cups out of mud as a child and leaving them to crumble in the garage during a hot Missouri summer is a favorite and frequent memory. I was born and raised in the suburbs of St.Louis, allowing for ample experience with the turbulent seasons- which inevitably drove me south where it was not only hot but really hot. My mother has always been the creative type and encouraged our every exploration in the arts while my father's direct influence is on my love and obsession with nature, decay, ocean life and biology. Privileged is our generation as one of the last before the huge internet and technology boom, for our waking hour as children was spent outside, in the woods or the beach. Our family's beach house on Topsail Island, North Carolina, served as a sweet escape to another world it seemed. Spending summers fishing, playing in the surf and swimming in the tides of the Atlantic certainly influences the aesthetics of my work and daily life. A constant reminder of how lucky a childhood we had to grow up in; land locked winter environment and escape the summers by the southern sea.
Naturally I attended a coastal school for College; UNCW was nearest our beach utopia and the obvious choice. However, lacking a BFA program, I transferred to Charlotte to pursue my degree. UNCC proved to be a contemporary art hub in the folk art surroundings of North Carolina. After studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, I graduated with my BFA in Ceramics and was accepted at the University of Miami for my Masters in Fine Art with a teaching assistantship. Unfortunately, the University of Miami didn't have what I needed to achieve my goals and so, after much debate and sadness, I have started a new life and MFA program here at Edinboro. On to the next adventure. Life in Edinboro is AMAZING and exactly what a graduate student needs- literally no distractions outside of the studio. The town is small. The people great and the studio welcoming and open 24 hours. Best decison I've ever made.