Artist Statement: I am intrigued by the contrast between ambiguity and specificity. I use found images as the starting place in the building of surreal or unlikely narratives, created from layers, marks, tones, and details. I am always seeking to create a convincing visual language that allows for many interpretations of a familiar yet surreal scene in a paused moment of time. I want to trigger memories, for I believe that each of our vision is shaped by thousands of remembered moments.
BIO: I am a visual artist living in Barre. Born and raised in southern Vermont, I studied art, writing, and documentary studies at Bates College then traveled to the Western Cape of South Africa with the initial plan to study botanical illustration for one year. Nearly six years later, I left Cape Town with an MPhil in Illustration (Visual Arts) and a focus on narrative illustration. I moved back to the United States, spending the next few years in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, working as a graphic artist in the commercial world. In 2010, I returned to Vermont and settled in central Vermont. I have shown my work in solo and group shows in Cape Town, New York City, and Vermont, and have attended several artist’s residencies both in the U.S. and abroad. I make collage paintings, hand-sewn drawings, and the occasional soft sculpture.
Selected Residencies: 2020 Monson Arts, Monson, ME; 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT
Awards/ Grants: 2009- Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Don Freeman Memorial Grant; 2007- Best South African Children’s Book, Exclusive Books, Honour List Books for International Recognition, IBBY/South Africa
Solo Exhibitions: 2021- Public Works, Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes, VT; 2019- Waiting to Happen, Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes, VT
Selected Group Exhibitions: 2021- De-Functioning the Functional, Studio Place Arts, Barre, VT; 2018- Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY; 2018- Artists to Watch 2018, Spotlight Gallery, Montpelier, VT; 2017- Festival of Lights, Helen Day Arts Center, Stowe, VT