Recent Show Dotfiftyone Gallery
Galleries The Camp Gallery, Dotfiftyone
Which artwork is the most personally meaningful to you?
Live Above The Line is meaningful in it's delivery, reminding you to hold your head up and move through life to embrace what comes you way as you are up for the challenge.
Is there an artwork you’ve made that surprised you?
Knots Hold Intentionality is this work that talks about the messy side of the studio that is also content. The piece has so many forms and dangling pieces that really give it a kinetic feeling. The piece's tile inspired my recent solo at Dotfiftyone in spring 2022. I'm working on another solo for Penn State University for spring 2023.
Is there a piece that signifies a breakthrough for you?
This Piece "Painting of a Painting and Two Tires" 2022 Oil on linen 38x68" is a synthesis of the work I've been doing for the past two years. After the pandemic hit, I had to work in a mechanic shop and made it my studio and subject matter. After years of working from observations of cars and tools I turned my attention back to my own practice and the elements of painting for i.e. the easel and a half finished canvas can be seen in the work as a protagonist.
Do you have a piece that you made during a rough patch in your life?
Never Defeated quotes Maya Angelou and talks about how defeats are an everyday part of life. Once one masters the feelings behind defeat, carrying on can be graceful. Embodying defeat is not a useful prospect. Yet, these psychological states are in flux in many of us.
How did you use materials to communicate your ideas?
My work is all about material connections with fabric and the fluidness of drawing. In my drawings I work with the banner, sphere, and textual concepts.
Which of your artworks reminds you of your youth or where you’re from?
In this work, I included an image of my grandmother when she visited Miami with my grandpa. I'm from Pennsylvania, where they both immigrated in the early 1920s. It reminds me both of where I grew up with them and where I now reside. They both told me that I could be an artist. When obstacles arrive, I keep moving forward.
Is there a piece that is conveying a specific message to the viewers?
All of my work conveys direct messages to the viewer. It's a form of acknowledging an audience as part of the work's dialogue. This piece is also a self-portrait, and this need to reflect and reset is part of an embodiment practice that I have.
What attribute of a work do you hope strikes the viewer?
Don’t Take It On, Unless it Truly Represents You is about moving through emotions and not giving in to drama, unsolicited feelings, or self-destructive thoughts. The text in this work was bright enough to stand out but small enough to blend with the weave and silkscreen designed fabric. This work is meant to be intimate, like a doorway into your process with a message that's personal for you.