ARTIST STATEMENT

Paper is wonderful in its simplicity. It is playful, delicate, colorless and colorful. It reflects light and creates depth; and accepts embellishment beautifully. These possibilities initiate my process for design which embodies drawing, sculpture and installation.

My practice is an intuitive expression of subtlety.  Patterned and ephemeral, my work begins with a reductive approach to drawing.  Either torn or hand cut, the layered sheets allow shadows to form from the edges casting delicate lines onto the next.  The use of color is added in various ways.  I embroider the paper with thread, embellish it with handmade paper, rub the surface with graphite, punch holes into the paper or enhance the piece with reflected color.  The effect is subtle yet intriguing; arousing curiosity in the viewer and encouraging a closer look.

My intention for the work is to appear minimal yet monumental and at the same time celebrate the handmade.  I strive to reach a simple, honest statement and to have the confidence to say more with less.  The result is that the art creates a poetic spatial experience comprising both delicacy and strong definition.

CORPORATE COLLECTION
Lincoln Financial Group | Fort Wayne, Indiana

AWARDS | SCHOLARSHIPS
2017  Ox Bow School of Art Merit Scholarship
2015  Michigan Arts All Media Honorable Mention | Clouds from 100 Worlds I, II, III
2014  Margaret Feldman Kruizenga Memorial Award | On the Horizon

SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2018  Birds of a Feather | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, Michigan
2018  Artlink Regional Exhibition | Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery | Fort Wayne, Indiana
2017  Continuity | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, Michigan
2017  Sensuality | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, Michigan
2016  Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Regional Exhibition | Muskegon, Michigan
2016  Pulp and Possibilities | Peninsula School of Art | Fish Creek, Wisconsin
2016  Puzzle | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, Michigan
2015  93rd Annual All Media Exhibition | Ann Arbor Art Center | Ann Arbor, Michigan
2015  Michigan Arts All Media Exhibition | Holland Area Arts Council | Holland, Michigan
2015  Massively Small | J Go Gallery | Park City, Utah
2015  Acoustic Abstractions | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, Michigan
2014  Michigan Arts All Media Exhibition | Holland Area Arts Council | Holland, Michigan
2014  Bettye Clark Canon Gallery | Invitational Exhibition | Muskegon, Michigan
2014  Take 10 New Artists Exhibition | Water Street Gallery | Douglas, Michigan
2013  ArtPrize | Women’s City Club | Grand Rapids, Michigan

PUBLICATIONS
2018   Cover Art – If god were gentle poems by D.R. James
2016   Studio Visit Magazine | volume 33
2016   Massively Small | Artsy 
2016   Door County Pulse 
2014   Holland Area Arts Publication