I believe that art, by its very nature, challenges us to recognize and question our surroundings, experiences and choices. For me, the creation of art incorporates an awareness of the senses and a critical investigation of materials, space and cultural context. It forces me to ask more questions than I can answer and necessitates that I acknowledge complexity in the world around me. I make and teach from this perspective.
My current studio practice is based in Plainwell and Kalamazoo, Michigan. For several years, the focus of my work was the domestic environment. Research interests and sources for this work included genre painting, the history of porcelain, the all-white image in art (and monochromatic work in general) and the relationship between public and private space. More recently, I have moved beyond the walls of interior space to investigate the landscape of my surroundings and create work about the power dynamics between industry and its surrounds.
I received my degrees from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, BFA 1996, and the University of Washington, MFA 2001 and have three times been an Arts-Industry Resident in Kohler, Wisconsin. My creative work and teaching endeavors have been supported by numerous grants and awards, including the GLCA New Directions Initiative, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (via Kalamazoo College), the Michigan Campus Compact and the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation. I am currently an Associate Professor of Art at Kalamazoo College, where I have been teaching sculpture and ceramics since 2001.