a brief bio

I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I grew up on a dirt road and collected rocks and wandered the foothills. Later, I played music, went on exchange to Israel, studied communication and journalism, graphic design, and art.

Currently I live and work in Albuquerque, and spend much time making stuff, wandering the great outdoors, keeping bees, and hunting for materials and inspiration at flea markets and antique shops.

I have a BA from the University of New Mexico, and did extensive study and practice in printmaking and book arts there.

I have shown my work in a number and variety of exhibitions and venues including Tributaries, Unraveling Tradition, and New Mexico Showcase at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, Biennial Southwest '08 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and Adaptations at SCA Contemporary in Albuquerque. My work can be seen in the books Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage (Gestalten, 2011) and CUT and PASTE, 21st Century Collage (Laurence King Publishers, 2011).

I am a recipient of a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Artist Grant.


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about my work:

Generally speaking, my work is primarily composed of and/or inspired by vintage, salvaged, and collected materials. I enjoy the process of finding materials and realizing the possibility of re-purposing them—reinventing use, intention, or aesthetic. I enjoy the transformation of one thing into something else entirely, becoming dissimilar or unexpected.

Much of my work consists of layered surfaces: bits and pieces from discarded books and magazines, handwritten letters and receipts, obsolete reference material, thrift store textiles, and mysterious random pieces. Order, association, and reverence emerges from the sorting, arranging, and placement of each accumulated piece into a whole.

I am obsessed with natural and organic processes. My recent work is an exploration of physiological processes, and a reimagining/reframing of the process of cell mutations in the human body that cause disease, anomaly, and dramatic/overt change.

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