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…

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…

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…

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…