Unborn, Unwed, Uninhabited.

Each mud print in Unborn, Unwed, Uninhabited is an exploration of what it means to leave home as a young female from rural America. By painting mud from my childhood home over found images I erase myself from what could have been. These photographs have become documentations of my unborn children, unwed lovers and uninhabited …

Anti-Business Cards.

Over 60,000 United States manufacturing plants have shut their doors since 2000, causing roughly 5 million Americans to lose their jobs. One of these factories was American Standard’s Tiffin, Ohio, plant (in operation from 1899-2007). By placing the name of former American Standard employees on the products they once made (porcelain toilets and sinks), I …

Untitled (Super8, 1967-87, 2017).

Recently I had the opportunity to show Untitled (Super8, 1967-87, 2017) at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio. When the series began, I was looking for 'moments of hidden childhood traumas'. These moments were revealed in the in-between frames, moments that were previously hidden within the moving image. As the work evolved, so did my concept. The …

Till.

Till, 2018 mud, wax Through use of the archive (both personal and acquired), my work examines the socioeconomic makeup of the Rust Belt and how it affects society. Using vernacular objects and imagery, I construct narratives of place that elevate the ordinary by means of arrangement and transformation. My practice uses stand-ins for specific memories …

Pillar.

The house was ablaze, but I feared looking back. What if I too were a pillar of salt?       Pillar, 2018 4.24" x 5'10" found photographs, metal, wax, dirt The column of light boxes speak to my religious upbringing and continuous struggle with justifying my leaving home. The poem references the biblical story …

Lessons From Home.

At the age of 19, I broke off my engagement and left the rural farming community in which I was raised. Lessons from Home explores what could have been if I had stayed. Each vignette combines specific memories with stereotypes, expectations and idealizations of place.

Mementos.

Everything is a work in process. Here is a look at graduate school semester two, a sneak peek of what has been happening in my studio. How do you document a place you no longer have access to, a place that is two thousand miles away? Before I left Ohio and drove thirty hours across …

Somewhere Between.

I need to write again, and I promise that I will. I need to for my sanity and my practice - my practice especially. Maybe I haven’t been writing because everything about my work has changed; maybe I have yet to find the words (although I am aware that this is a thin excuse, that …

Man Manipulated Beauty.

A group of Columbus photographers, all connected in some way to CCAD, were invited to create imagery to be hung in the gallery at Franklin Park Conservatory. Honored to have been asked, I set out to make work that would happily live within this family friendly, botanical context. We meet next Sunday to discuss installation. …

Little Circles.

I don't like the idea of things coming full circle - too much finality. What I instead stand behind is the idea of little circles - a life full of hundreds of endings meeting hundreds of beginnings, overlapping to create something interesting, dynamic and ever-changing. I like thinking that something that may seem like an …