Sometimes “Hey” just means “Hey.” Sometimes it means, “I’m sorry.” Sometimes, “I miss you.” And occasionally, “Take your f@#$%*& hands off of me.” Regardless it is always an initiation - reaching across the void to make contact with another human being.
Modern correspondence is primarily words and images viewed through a glass barrier. Devoid of verbal cues, the text based communication upon which we rely leaves us to create our own context. We project our assumptions onto the words of others.
'Hey." and its material studies beg the viewer to question the limitations of remote communication.
Hey. Material Studies , 2017
Hey. Potato Stop Motion
Be Good Do Good
Be Good Do Good , 2016 - Present
Metal Stamped Pennies
Be Good Do Good is an ongoing project wherein I metal stamp the words "Be Good" and "Do Good" on single pennies. Be Good on the front and Do Good on the back, and leave them around in random places for others to find, or not find. To save or to lose.
Messages from the universe.
Photoshop compositing is one of my favorite ways to express my whims.
Love is for the Birds
There is a Mark Twain quote I have long enjoyed - “She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot.”
There is something peculiar about birds. Something cold and unreadable. These pieces are an exploration of the idea that you can never truly know another person.
Blackout / Found Poetry
Dating back to the Dada movement, found poetry has long been a useful creative practice. Working with a found piece of text, such as a newspaper or page of a book, an individual can create poetry within the constraints of the words on the page.
Sometimes silly, sometimes profound, these exercises are an integral part of my creative practice.
Butt I Love You
Hauberg Fellowship 2017
Each year at Pilchuck Glass School in the stunning pacific northwest, a group of artist are awarded the John H. Hauberg fellowship.
In 2017 myself and three other artists were awarded this fellowship under our collaborative title "Tempestuous Commons"
Our proposal was to explore pathways to new work using the female form as a tool for visual narrative. These images represent a selection of our explorations.
A_Wicked_Word is an ongoing Instagram account created to explore the application of the social media platform’s community guidelines to classical art. Female as well as male nudity is forbidden - but male nipples are allowed and female nipples are not. Photographs of paintings and sculptures are allowed, whereas pieces created in the photographic medium are not. While their decency standards are in place for valid reasons, in seemingly protecting women from exploitation, they are simultaneously denying us the use of our bodies in our own creative expression. The questions this project raised for me include - What is art? Who decides what is classified as art? When is the expression of the female nude art, and when is it exploitation? When is it pornography? When is pornography art? And when we live in a society where women’s bodies are prominently displayed in movies and television, at the end of the day who has the right to tell us how and when we can display our bodies?
Several years ago I began participating in an exercise called "CreativeSprint", started by Noah Scalin - the mastermind the "Skull-a-day" project and Micah Scalin- his sister and partner in ALR Designs. The idea is to commit to creating something everyday for 30 days either using their prompts, or taking it in a direction of your own. Participating in this has been invaluable to my creative practice. It has helped me be less precious, and redefined my relationship to failure. Even when not participating in one of these sprints, I try to create something almost every day. This is a sampling of some of the work I have created within this context.
You can read an interview with me on their website here.
I have over six years of experience in Graphic Design, including a several year stint as a packaging designer for the Dollar Tree. I was in charge of healthcare, which allowed me to have such wonderful items in my portfolio as "Feminine Anti Itch Cream" and "Anti-diarrheal Medicine." You can also find me teaching graphic design courses as an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA.
For more design work you can view my Behance portfolio here.
I have over eleven years of experience working in digital video as an editor, videographer, and producer. I have taught classes in videography, editing, and motion graphics and am currently teaching a class in a high school arts program using stop motion animation as a tool to explore film composition and animation fundamentals. This page features some of my favorite work including, "How to Make a Cake Shaped Like a Hamburger", a motivational stop motion animation of a flying dinosaur, and a long short documentary about the Norfolk Men’s Rugby Team.