I make sculpture of materials with which I have an intimate visceral connection. Industrial felt, wood, felted wool sweaters, soil, paper towels, used hospital towels are materials I have manipulated and coaxed through my hands. They speak to the vulnerability of the human condition carrying traces of body memory through the history of their former use and create an absorptive silence. I study repetition, mass and void, physicality and weight, compression and release through an incremental means of building. My interest in simple gestures of the hand, as in folding, cutting and stacking, finds its focus in reduction and order, and makes reference to artistic precedents such as mono-ha and minimalism. My work is inspired by elemental geometries of Froebel’s gifts and German modernism, and utilitarian form in architectural fragments, wedges, blocks and slabs. My site responsive objects, installations and drawings are informed by spatial, conceptual and architectural conditions of a place, and reflect my interest in the traces, the remains, the evidence of people on a place.
Recent projects include commissions for the Health Education Building, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, and School of Business, University of Kansas, Lawrence. Recent exhibitions include Pattern Languages, Rockhurst University, Every Street, Haw Contemporary and Linden, Mid America Arts Alliance, Kansas City.
Other projects include GlogauAIR Residency & Open Studios in Berlin, Germany with support from ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, The Kansas City Collection 2016-17, print edition at Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Sum of Us, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, The Spring Show (Forarsudstillingen), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Other exhibitions include Block Artspace, Cranbrook Art Museum, Byron Cohen Contemporary Art, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
I am the recipient of honors that include Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, MidAmerica Arts/National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Studios Inc. Residency 2005-2011 from the Nicholson Foundation, and Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Award, American Institute of Architects.
My work has received reviews and writings in Art in America, Sculpture, Art Papers, KC Studio, Review, ID Magazine, Kansas City Star, Politiken and Kunstforum with publications including Marking 20 Years: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Outpost Journal: Kansas City, MO and 10 Charlotte Street Foundation 10th Anniversary. My work is held in numerous collections that include American Institute of Architects/Kansas City, Barkley, Corridor Infratrust Management, Missouri Bank, Populous, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Helix Architecture + Design and private collections in New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit and Kansas City. Based in Kansas City since receiving a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art, I have held teaching appointments at Kansas City Art Institute and University of Kansas. My work is represented by Haw Contemporary, Kansas City.