I am an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community organizer. I began with a traditional background in the visual arts, but after I spent years within the walls of my studio, I found myself longing to change from the solitary creative experience into a more collaborative process. The work’s environment became an important aspect to my practice as I moved out into the public realm. The work came to life within my classroom, out in the streets, and amongst other artists from many different disciplines.
I use contemporary media in a way that is layered, inclusive, and dynamic. Whether it be a collaged painting, a video installation, a street performance, or a community workshop, the media is always used as a material- something to be torn apart, reworked, engaged, and disengaged. The product comes from a dialogue that travels back and forth between other people, disciplines, and spaces- all responding and feeding off each other throughout the process.
My recent project, Ode to Charlotte Danielson, is the product of the research, experiences, and materials associated with my role as an educator in the public educational system, which is transformed to create a larger conversation about the engagement and disengagement of the students. The large-scale collage is layered with used and torn materials of an educator (rubrics, assessments, plans, standardized testing, charts, etc.), while the figures painted on the surface aim to create a face for the often detached and standardized world of data that is so often at the center of important decision-making in schools.
The creative process reveals a conflict within in each location the work is produced. I am the woman who is mindful of her presence in public space. I am the teacher provoked by the policies within the educational system. I am the organizer responding to the needs of our younger generation in the surrounding community. I am the painter holding on to stillness, but incited by the active, constant movement in my environment.