I am a sculptor and installation artist working in a variety of media such as rubber, metal, wax, and wool. While I have always been interested in materials and process, conceptually I'm currently interested in exploring how contemporary society’s values, desires, and obsessions affect our bodies and our environment. The images here come from two bodies of work: the rubber series and the installation "an exercise in domesticity". The work that I have created out of used bicycle inner tubes is constructed through the repetitive act of cutting, twisting, and coiling, along with the obsessive accumulation of parts and forms. This series is ongoing, and I am currently working on combining the tubes with sheets of slit black rubber. Through this series I am exploring the themes of transformation, mutation, and growth, as well as the ideas of recycling and rejection. The installation "an exercise in domesticity" came out of my interest in body image and contemporary culture's obsession with beauty and perfection. Intertwined with this are the ideas of sexuality, fertility, and reproduction, as well as an exploration into the ways in which humans try to control or manipulate both their own bodies and their surroundings. With the idea of control in mind, I incorporated forms and materials that are both organic and manmade in order to suggest and question the interaction and relationship between science and nature.
Biography: education: 2003 - 2006 University of Hawaii at Manoa MFA in Intermedia Honolulu, Hawaii 1999 - 2000 University of Washington BA in Art History Seattle, Washington 1988 – 1992 University of Washington BA in English Seattle, Washington exhibitions: 2007 Artists of Hawaii, Juried Exhibition Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI Hawaii Artists, Juried Exhibition Bethel Street Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2006 Beginning of the Beginning Group Exhibition Kuykendal Gallery, Honolulu, HI an exercise in domesticity Thesis Exhibition UH Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI International Shoebox Exhibition IX UH Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI Hygienic Dress League Collaborative Exhibition Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI 2005 UHGE, Graduate Exhibition UH Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI Ladyfest, Group Exhibition Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI SAJE, Collaborative Exhibition UH Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2004 Instance, Graduate Exhibition UH Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI Mixed Media Miniature VII, Group Exhibition, Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI The Girly Fun Show, Group Exhibition Seattle Center, Seattle, WA Without You I’m Nothing, Installation Gallery 721, Honolulu, HI Artists of Hawaii, Group Exhibition Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI 7 Flat Flat 7, Group Exhibition UH Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI Group Exhibition Kennedy Theatre, Honolulu, HI 2003 Weatherwise, Graduate Exhibition UH Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI Transformation, Group Exhibition Studio One, Honolulu, HI Speak and Spell, Group Exhibition Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA The Girly Fun Show, Group Exhibition Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA Group Exhibition Arts Place, Amsterdam, Netherlands Featured Artist Bluebottle Art Gallery, Seattle, WA awards: 2007 John Charlot Award for Excellence Honolulu Academy of Art Honolulu, HI 2006 John Young Fellowship University of Hawaii 2005 H. John Heide Fellowship University of Hawaii 2004 Baciu Visual Arts Award Honolulu Academy of Art Honolulu, HI
Country: United States
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