Heirloom

Heirloom 1920’s Mersman Table Top, Colored Pencil, Wood Stain June 2018 Through pyrography, I engage with the unique history tied to a specific piece of wood. Wood burning allows me to transform the material without covering up the essence of the wood. This table existed in the backdrop of my mother’s interactions with her grandparents…

Dwelling

Dwelling Plywood, Wood Molding, Oil and Spray Paints April 2018 Houses are not inherently emotionally charged spaces. My work examines the shift from house to home that occurs through the act of dwelling. Objects, mementos, traditions, acts of care and of tending charge our space emotionally. Through these investments, we construct our home, causing our…

Shift

Shift Pyrography, Colored Pencil, Birch November 2017 Shift is intrinsically tied to my family’s current home, holding personal and symbolic significance. In 1928 (the year of my home’s construction), four birch trees were planted alongside the house. After a wind storm in 2012, one of these trees fell onto our neighbor’s home. In the ensuing…

Christmas 2006

Christmas 2006 Oil Paint, Wood Panel, Tape December 2017 Houses bear the marks of the life occurring within. The space begins to show the strain of the human presence becoming a metaphor of those who inhabit it. The pieces Knee and Christmas 2006 fixate on the moments of human interaction with the physical space of…

Synchronicity

Synchronicity Pyrography, Colored Pencil, Wood Panel September 2017 Tempo, a piece I made in August of 2016, represented the concept of song in visual form. I have always thought of artistic practices as interrelated. Music, literature, and form parallel and complement one another. Building off these concepts, I collaborated with a musician—my friend Kai Slemenda—in…

Knee

Knee Wood Panel, Oil Paint, Tape December 2017 Houses bear the marks of the life occurring within. The space begins to show the strain of the human presence becoming a metaphor of those who inhabit it. The pieces Knee and Christmas 2006 fixate on the moments of human interaction with the physical space of the…

Azotic, Opals, Ametrine

Azotic, Opals, Ametrine Oil Paint, Pyrography, Wood Panel October 2017 This triptych draws its influence from my trip to Opal Pool in late August of 2017. The forest fires raging across the west coast left Oregon in a dense smoke. The sun filtered through this haze for months, creating bizarre and unnatural colors through the…

Radial

Radial Ink on Bristol Board June 2017 Radial can be thought of as a continuation of Smoke. The pieces are made approximately a year apart from one another and represent two distinct states of being. Smoke embodies the summer of 2016, a time of attempting to control a life that was unraveling before me, completely…

Aimless Wanderings

Aimless Wanderings Wood burning on Wood Panel June 2017 The abstract forms I often employ in my work carry emotion. Alone, they convey a feeling. For Aimless Wanderings, the golden circles represent ideal thought patterns and behaviors while the snaking forms represent my attempts to reach this optimal mental state. Sometimes, the meandering forms follow…

Grounded

Grounded Wood Burning on Wood Panel May 2017 After completing a period of self-portraiture, I was looking to capture emotional states in more abstract means than direct self-representation. My abstract work depends on the feelings implied in different qualities of line and form to create emotion in the piece. This piece catalogues the process I…

Looking In

Looking In Oil on Canvas and Black Tape March 2017 Looking In draws from a recurring memory of returning to my home. Windows, traditionally points of access into the life within, provide little insight to the events occurring behind the walls. Returning to this scene holds great significance to me, embodying the fragmentation of relationships…

Cecilia

Cecilia Oil on Canvas February 2017 For this portrait, I wanted to explore the influence of an artist’s relationship to their subject and the resulting painting of that subject. Cecilia is part of a series in which I painted three of my friends. I took reference photos of Cecilia in person, hoping to capture something…

Chasm

Chasm Ink on Wood Panel December 2016 I immediately saw profiles of faces when I first saw this wood panel, and I knew I had to ink them it. The composition of this piece is completely determined by the beautiful movements that naturally occur in wood. My ink does nothing but call attention to the…

Reflections

Reflections Sumi Ink on Yupo Paper December 2016 Reflections explores my relationship to self-portraiture. For this piece, I used sumi ink on yupo paper (a transparent plastic paper). Displaying the piece on the side opposite to the one drawn on created a clouded and reversed version of the original (pictured on the right). This purposeful…

Haze

Haze Sumi Ink on Yupo Paper December 2016 Although my self-portraits usually allow me to deal with personal experiences and mind states, through this piece I wanted to explore my work as a whole. In the Fall of 2016, I used my self-portraiture to come to terms with and confront difficult things that have been…

Mind Map

Mind Map Prisma Marker on Pastel Paper November 2016 When asked to reflect upon my artistic influences, I found myself looking to personal experiences rather than historical artistic figures as the drivers of my work. Mind Map can be thought of as a both an embodiment of the paths I have taken in life and…