Artist Statement:

Art is a vehicle that affords us adventure and wonder. Each piece is an opportunity to express a concept in a new way as we learn and evolve. In my work, I strive to master the art of storytelling in my own visual language.

My art is largely collage-based, though I have a background in drawing and design. Juxtaposing passages of paint, collage and assemblage, I tend to blur the lines between mediums so that all the elements are working in unison. My work challenges the viewer to form their own personal analysis, decoding clues while exploring personal emotional and symbolic associations. Fueled by music, inside jokes and observations about modern culture, the work tends to take on a humorous attitude with quirky titles and unusual subjects.

A progression connects my pieces, which graduate from one “kernel” to another, working to create a rhythm, momentum and – ultimately, a distinct abstract language. My work is, at times, a rebellion or reaction to our time and place; and other times embracing the human experience. Each piece is vastly different from the last, and while I employ a number of styles and techniques – my work is perhaps best defined by its compositional style and quality of energy.

I’m interested in evolving my collage work into a more sculptural form and experimenting with installation. Currently, I am cataloging my archive of work to create books highlighting my diverse oeuvre and the thoughts behind it. Building upon the larger themes that define my work, I am always seeking new and different ways to remix materials in order to propel my creative vision.


press


exhibition

2018 — Art & Music show with WMSE 91.7. Milwaukee, WI

2016 — Dada Centennial Exhibition, Museum of Collage. Santa Fe, NM

2013 — Red Bull Curates, Lacuna Artist Lofts. Chicago, IL

2011 — Meshed, Black Cloud Gallery. Chicago, IL

2011 — Flatstock 30 at Pitchfork Fest. Chicago, IL

2011 — Grand Opening show, Gallery F. Chicago, IL

2010 — InkBomb, Empty Bottle. Chicago, IL (curator)

2007 — performance, South Union Arts. Chicago, IL

2007 — performance, Elastic Arts. Chicago, IL

2004 — Metaphysical, The Great Frame Up. Buffalo Grove, IL


publication

2018 — art featured in PictureFrames.com catalogs and brochures

2015 — Slanted Magazine #25. Art contribution.

2012 — The 22 Magazine: Volume 3. Feature, interview.

2011 — N-Spheres Magazine, April 2011. Cover, feature, interview.

2011 — Modern Vintage Illustration, by Martin Dawber. Poster art.


education

BFA Graphic Design, Columbia College Chicago. 2001-2005

Associates in Art, College of Lake County. 1999-2001