These glass and mixed-media works address themes of mental and physical health in the individual, social and political arenas.
Permanent installation for WKU Ogden Hall, Ogden College of Science and Engineering.
Flameworked borosilicate glass, thermoformed Plexiglas, MDF, stainless steel; 10 feet tall x 16 feet long
Incubate explores the birth, development, and growth of an idea – and of a scholar. It celebrates the discovery of new knowledge, and the process of creativity that is necessary for breakthroughs in any discipline. The work also highlights “the spaces in between” – illustrating that the connections across bodies of knowledge are as important as deep explorations within them.
Portrait of the artist(s), beta [neuron cloud]
Collaborative work with Austin Lundeby
Flameworked borosilicate glass, LEDs, powered by Arduino board and custom printed circuit boards; 16’ x 4’ x 12”
Portrait of the artist(s), beta [neuron cloud], detail
Still Invisible, detail
Cast glass, vinyl, ribbons, stitching, screws; 30" x 30" x 4"
Snow White Turns 40
Cast glass, cast sugar, wood, brass; 60" x 60" x 18"
cast glass, yarn, kiln fired photo transfer, wood; 60" x 72" x 14"
unfinished narrative, detail
cast glass, yarn, kiln fired photo transfer, wood
Blown and flameworked glass, cast sugar, brass, Plexiglas, nylon, hummingbird syrup; 6' x 6' x 8'
cast glass, string
Slumped glass, vinyl, thread, pins; 10' x 8' x 8"
Blown and flameworked glass, cast sugar, brass, steel, lace, nylon, Astroturf, hummingbird syrup; 16' x 7' x 1'
I worry about the insustainability of the strange middle lands known as suburban America, where the strip mall and the manicured lawn are king. We continue to corral, manipulate, pave over and remove our landscape. We fence it in or out.
We have an obsession with the perfect and the plastic. Our food, our environment and our bodies are chemically and genetically modified. The re-useable has been replaced by the throw-away. The handmade has been replaced by the mass-produced.
How long might it be before the natural, the individual, the hand-made, the small, become a memory, a museum artifact?
Eyedrum, Atlanta, GA; Plexiglas, plastic, Astroturf, yarn, dirt, daisies, plaster, plastic flowers, paint, chair; 12' x 14' x 10'
TAC Gallery, Nashville, TN; yarn, bubble wrap, curtain, Plexiglas, cast candy, maps, glass, vinyl, crates, water balloons; 20' x 30' x 12'
Welcome Home, postcard
River Campus Gallery, SEMO, Cape Girardeau, MO; recycled plastic and glass, string, mylar, Astroturf, tape, sand, wire, 20' x 40' x 8'
re: cycle, detail
re: cycle, detail
(dis)place / (re)place
Berea College, Roger’s Gallery, Berea, KY; recycled plastic, blown glass, steel, live grass, Astroturf, fencing, paint, vinyl; 20' x 30' x 8'
(dis)place / (re)place, detail
Hanover College, Hanover, IN; recycled water bottles, mylar, thread, Astroturf, plaster, fake flowers, painters' tape; 15' x 25' x 8'
These installations are about spaces – both physical and psychological; medicine; biology; toys; feminism; about divisions between artistic disciplines and the distinction between art and craft.
Works investigate questions of health, medicine and human biology, looking specifically at issues raised by American society’s hyper-biopharmaceutical emphasis on (medically prescribed) drugs. I examine systems – both those of the physical body and those of the bio-pharmaceutical-medical system designed to protect, or perhaps only control, the body. I question our cowboy medicine solutions that often set up a permanent tension between unsolved ill and cosmetic solution. My pieces reflect upon the interrelationships, not necessarily the (implied) equivalencies, between health and medicine.
These installations are sparkly and alluring but disarmingly wrong. Pink is both soothing and suffocating. Plastic is attractive – but slick, difficult to digest and ultimately unsatisfying. Can you ever have too much sugar?
Infectious, interior view
Ruby Green, Nashville, TN; Plexiglas, sound loop, speakers, fake fur, canvas, fibers, wax, latex, paint; 16' x 16' x 8'
Infectious, exterior view
Infectious, through a window view
Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, TN; Plexiglas, satin, stitching, sequins, latex, vinyl; 15' x 15' x 15'
Girlie Flower, interior view
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN; Plexiglas, vinyl, fibers, wax, latex; 16' x 20' x 8'
Artlab, University of Memphis; Plexiglas, fake fur, paint, vinyl, satin, latex, stitching, sequins; 16' x 20' x 8'
Municipal Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; Plexiglas, string, plaster, sugar; 12' x 18' x 7'
Sugar Pill, alternate view
Gallery 1010, Knoxville, TN; Plexiglas, canvas, paint, fibers, wax, latex, sound loop; 16' x 16' x 8'
Please Remove Shoes
before entering installation.
Quarantine, exterior view
fake fur, clear acrylic, glitter, wire; 16' x 6' x 8"
untitled (Pink Studio)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; 15 gallons of pink paint, acrylic craft paint, glitter, rhinestones, studio, furniture; 16' x 20' x 8'
untitled (Pink Studio), alternate view
Girlie Flower, Too
Capitol Arts Center, Bowling Green, KY; Plexiglas, nylon, bubble wrap, latex, satin, stitching, sequins, yarn; 16' x 20' x 8'
Girlie Flower, Too, detail
Nashville Airport, Nashville, TN; Plexiglas, yarn, latex, wax, glitter; 30' x 9' x 2'