Until I left America my “Americanness” never really occurred to me. If I had any geographical identity it was smaller scale, more specific. I was working-class Midwestern. I was a Chicagoan. Moving to the middle of England eight years ago made all those distinctions moot. Everything about me was now macro. I was an American. I was emblematic. I was a walking information kiosk, a flag. Working through these questions of personal identity, amid cultural dissonance and acute political tension is the key factor informing my current work.
This focus on the malleability and volatility of identity has been a constant in my work. But I often approach large, daunting subjects with a lens of dark humour. This tendancy towards and affection for the absurd has served me well as I've transitioned from a whimsical, drawing-based practice to a fully multimedia exploration of politics and anxiety in our current shared history.
CV & Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2016 - YOUR RELUCTANT DIPLOMAT, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, Northampton, UK.
2012 - Pretty Girls Doing Horrid Things, The Artist’s Sanctuary, Northampton, UK.
IT'S GONNA BE GREAT, Copeland Gallery, Peckham, UK.
Film Free & Easy: No Laughing Matter, Primary, Nottingham, UK.
Nasty Women, ArtSpace, Cambridge, UK.
Can You Hear Me?, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, fermynwoods.co.uk.
Five Years Season, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK. [scheduled]
LEAVE//REMAIN, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK.
Open Exhibition, City Gallery, Peterborough, UK.
NN Open, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK.
Residual. Transference. Metamorphosis. Condition. Body. Self. Gallery 202, gallery202.co.uk
Why Do We Do This, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, Northampton, UK.
Guests & Hosts, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK.
Houston Fringe Festival, Frenetic Theater, Houston, TX, USA.
August 2017 - Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK. [scheduled]
October 2017 - Caravanserai at Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge, UK. [scheduled]
NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK.
National Roller Derby Museum, Glasgow, UK.
Private collections in the UK and USA.
Fermynwoods Contemporary Art: Associate Educator leading creative activities for young people excluded from traditional education (2017-present).
Document: One of six artists chosen by Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands to represent visual arts practice in the region (2016-present).
Tappa Tappa Tappa: Zine project in collaboration with Amy Pettifer (2012-present).
Voices of the Fire: Arts project for young people excluded from traditional education, through Northamptonshire County Council (2013-14).
Northampton Youth Arts Collective: Associate artist (2013).
Rookiemag.com: Illustration (2011-12).