Artist Statement

My work explores the complexities of individual experience and life at large. In a search for understanding, I investigate the multi-faceted layers of the world outside as well as my internal self. I aim to move past simplifications and appreciate the intricacies of the world as I understand them. I do this while asking questions. Are the stories we tell ourselves accurate? What sorts of things do we overlook as we seek to explain ourselves? What about the larger world? How much of that is deliberately ignored? How much is forgotten? Why?

 

Formally, I use drawing, printmaking, painting, and digital media to ask questions of visual culture. What is the difference between expression and communication? Is one more important than the other? Does expressing feelings accurately transmit them to the viewer or reader? Does it matter? Combining elements of pure aesthetics, intuitive mark making, and highly considered iconography and text, I blur boundaries between design and fine art, toeing the line between communication and expression and challenging arbitrary ideological lines in the process. 

 

Using writing, I attempt to communicate complex things I’ve learned with simple, accessible language. Less of a subjective personal exploration than my visual work, I write to convey ideas I think are particularly important to understand clearly and discuss as concisely as possible. It is a method of expressing my concerns in a way that feels most effective while seeking to understand and clarify ideas in public discourse and communicate what I’ve learned to others. 

CV

Education

 

BFA: Printmaking, Drawing, Illustration - 2019 - Honors: cum laude - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

 

Fine Art (Sculpture) and Environmental Studies coursework - 2012 to 2014 - Portland State University, Portland, OR

 

Fine Art (Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing), Graphic Design, and Environmental Studies coursework - 2011 to 2013 - Portland Community College, Portland, OR

 

Fine Art (Drawing), Culinary, and Business coursework - 2007 to 2011 - Lake Tahoe Community College, South Lake Tahoe, CA

 


 

Exhibitions

 

2020

  • Flux - solo show - Steve Gilbert Photo Studio, Seattle, WA

  • Drawnk Royale with Cheese - group show - Cupcake Royale, Seattle, WA

 

2019

  • Define Progress - solo show - Joe Bar Cafe, Seattle, WA

  • SPA Member Show - group show - Editions Studio, Equinox Studios, Seattle, WA

  • While Supplies Last - group show curated by Anthony White - Bellevue Art Museum

  • Ask Yourself - solo show - Moksha, Seattle, WA

  • May Flowers Show - group show curated by Ten Hundred and Casey Weldon - Statix, Seattle, WA

  • BFA EXPO 2019 - group show curated by Sharon Arnold and Rob Rhee - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • While Supplies Last - group show curated by Anthony White - Mt Analogue, Seattle, WA

  • International Clash Day Poster Show (Showing as Gnarbuckles) - group show curated by Eric Carnell (Independence Printage) - KEXP Gathering Space, Seattle, WA, and Studio 9294, London, England

  • The Drawnk 8x8 Show - group show curated by Casey Weldon - Saloon Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018

  • Easy Magic - group show curated by Ben Beres - Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • <you x= “machina”> - group show - Main Gallery - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • Prisma Chroma - group show curated by Kit Bernal - Closet Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • First Impressions - group show curated by Ben Beres - Joe Bar, Seattle, WA

  • While Supplies Last - group show curated by Anthony White - Amandine Bakeshop | Georgetown Carnival | Can’t Blame The Youth, Seattle, WA

  • ⅔ Show - group show - Main Gallery - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • International Clash Day Poster Show (shown as Gnarbuckles) - group show curated by Eric Carnell (Independence Printage) - KEXP Gathering Space, Seattle, WA

2017

  • Stasis - group show - L Space - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • DIY Show  - group show curated by Monyee Chau, Alexis Silva, and Alex Britt - Project Space Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • ⅔ Show - group show - Main Gallery - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

2016

  • See Ya - solo show - Bar XV - Portland, OR

  • Fourth Effin’ Friday - group show curated by Darrel Wolf - Refuge, Portland, OR


 

Curatorial Experience

2017

  • DIY Show - Co-curated with Idalis Madrigal, Kimberly Hinnenkamp, and Taylor Tomanicek - Project Space Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

 

2016

  • Concrete Universal - Co-curated with Violet Rulova, Kit Bernal, Aidan Sakakini, Markie MIckelson - Closet Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

 


 

Honors & Awards

 

2018

Pilchuck Partner Scholarship

Zel Brook Endowed Scholarship

Emily Hall Morse Endowed Scholarship

Chris Holland Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Cornish Art Scholarship

 

2017

 

Best 2nd year, ⅔ Show

Zel Brook Endowed Scholarship

Cornish Art Scholarship

Steve Walker Scholarship

 

2016

 

Cornish Art Scholarship 


 

Professional Experience

 

  • Substitute Printmaking Lab Tech - 2020 to present - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • Art Handler, Preparator - 2020 to present - Bellevue Art Museum - Bellevue, WA

  • Art Handler - 2020 to present - Art Works Fine Art Services - Seattle, WA

  • Printmaking Studio Monitor - 2019 to present - Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA

  • Artist Assistant - Ethan Murrow - 2019 - Seattle, WA

  • Art Handler, Preparator - 2019 to present - Tacoma Art Museum - Tacoma, WA

  • Screen Printer - 2019 to present - Fogland Studios - Seattle, WA

  • Cornish Exhibit Coordinator - 2019 to present - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

  • Artist Assistant - Ben Beres - 2019 - Seattle, WA

  • Screen Print Committee Co-Chairperson - Volunteer Position - 2018 to 2019 - Vera Project, Seattle, WA

  • Screen Print Instructor - 2017 to 2019 - Vera Project, Seattle, WA

  • Screen Print Open Session Moderator - Volunteer Position - 2017 to 2019 - Vera Project, Seattle, WA

  • Curatorial Intern, Cornish BFA at Fred Hutch - 2018 - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

  • Fabrication Lab Assistant - 2016 to 2018 - Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

  • Woodshop Instructor - Volunteer Position - 2015 to 2016 - ReBuilding Center, Portland, OR

  • Wood Shop Assistant - Volunteer Position - 2015 to 2016 - ReBuilding Center, Portland, OR

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