Jersey City, NJ
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As a sculptor, my artistic strategy involves re-contextualizing existing elements: presentation rather than representation. My process is resourceful, responsive, and playful. I spend as much time researching, exploring sites, and scavenging for materials as I do making.
I often work with junk and junk-spaces: materials and places that are overlooked, untended, and thus host to numerous extraordinary possibilities; places where artifacts accumulate, weeds grow, and history is most visible. I am interested in the interface between nature and culture, including the varied representations of plant-life for commercial and decorative purposes.
I produce public interventions, work for traditional gallery settings, web-based projects, and publications. I learn different things from each way of working.
After earning my M.F.A. from Rutgers University in 2008, I completed a fellowship with the Asian Cultural for research and production of new work in India. I’ve presented solo shows at Chitrakala Parishath College of Art (Bangalore, India) as well as NURTUREart and A.I.R. Gallery (both in Brooklyn), and ArtBloc (Jersey City). Awards include a public sculpture commission from the Randall’s Island Park Alliance in NYC, the Bronx Museum’s Artist-In-the-Marketplace Program, and the Foundation for Contemporary Art’s Emergency Grant.
My work has been exhibited nationally at venues such as the Anchorage Museum (Alaska), Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), the Islip Arts Museum (Long Island), and the U.S. Botanical Garden (Washington D.C.) and internationally in India, Italy, Germany, Chile, the Netherlands, and Estonia.