Much of my work revolves around my personal challenges with the meaning of memories. My earlier sculptural work struggled with making tangible the slippery connection between the past and the present, combining and recombining worn out, faded, and rusted pieces of my material life – some meaningful and some not — into new objects with a present and a future. For me, those pieces are machines that transform memories into something that I can see and touch. Over the past year I have been working to re-teach myself how to draw so that I can pull threads from the wider, persistent background world that is lurking “out there.”
I am a native Midwesterner with no formal training in art or metalwork. I moved to Columbia, South Carolina, several years ago and was fortunate to have some success there with my scrap sculpture. I had a solo show at Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia in the summer of 2017 and another in the fall of 2019, participated in ArtFields 2018 and 2019, and was nominated for a Jasper Artist of the Year Award in 2018. I now live in Illinois and do my work in a half of a barn that I share with many mice, armed with a welder, some basic hand tools, and lots of leftovers. I am particularly interested in exploring the tensions between new and old, natural and mechanical, and alive and dead.