Environmental / USA
Once upon a time, I was small, snugly wrapped, and placed in a hollow on the side of a hill under an old oak tree. The smells of the freshly dug earth, the sun dappling on my face and the gentle rocking of the tree were my companions. Wind gusts rustled my hair and leaves visited me while I gazed up and waved my arms in celebration.
Acorns and bugs watched while the grasses danced and whispered me to sleep.
The intimate woodland magic I once knew, shapes and defines my body of work. I strive to rejoin with that extraordinary and marvelous something.
Like an offering, I create pieces that allow the personality of every natural object define its use. Through emphasis of movement, texture and scale I add metalwork to give honor to the distinct beauty of these objects. Much like the landscape of the body, these pieces are both fragile and strong. The ritual of wearing my work may be all that is needed to recreate these moments I first experienced as a child.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Metals/Jewelry, Minor in Art History
Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA 2017
“Hindsight, 2020 Was A…” IncuArts Gallery- Honolulu, Hawaii. Chosen from ‘hundreds of submissions across multiple countries’ by Juror Sharon Heitzenroder- Feminist, Artist, Activist, Educator -UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California. Virtual Exhibition.
“2020 Small Works Big Talent” Las Lagunas Gallery- Laguna Beach, California. Twenty-Eight pieces chosen out of Seven Hundred Fifty submissions by Jurors Graphic Designer Allison Bryant, Gallery Owner Ken Boland, and Gallery Owner Kathy McBride. Virtual Exhibition.
“Voices of the Midwest” Fineline Creative Arts Center, The Kavanagh Gallery- Saint Charles, Illinois. Jurors Linda Bingle, Dori Blankenship, and Becky Blaine- President Illinois Art Education Association and Director of Education-Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois.
“Metal and Mud: A Juried Exhibition of Jewelry and Ceramic Cups” Edwardsville Arts Center- Edwardsville
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