Member Since: December 2009
Quiet has always been loud. Our heartbeat is loud. Our breathing is loud. Natureâ€™s constant repetitive din is inescapable. Silence in this age of technology has become even louder and even more rhythmic. Silence today is a hum, a buzz; itâ€™s the h... more
|Artist Statement:||Quiet has always been loud. Our heartbeat is loud. Our breathing is loud. Natureâ€™s constant repetitive din is inescapable. Silence in this age of technology has become even louder and even more rhythmic. Silence today is a hum, a buzz; itâ€™s the high-pitched sound the television makes when itâ€™s off and the churning of the washing machine, the fan inside the computer, the buzz of fluorescent lights, the swirl of a ceiling fan, and the whirring of the air-conditioning.
Many have approached the proliferation of technology with fear and apprehension, believing we are entering an era of man versus machine. I, on the other hand, feel the constant humming, glowing presence of technology is a companion who never leaves my side. Weâ€™ve all heard that a crying puppy, suddenly uprooted from his home and family and plunked down in a strange new place, is comforted by the vibrations of an alarm clock which reminds him of his motherâ€™s heartbeat. Living in an age where we often feel so far removed from nature and from one another, the constant mechanical buzz is like a security blanket.
My paintings attempt to capture moments of human loneliness and alienation coexisting, and even being comforted by, the constancy, the warmth, and the hum created by technology. I am drawn to images of people working at night, a time at which isolation and the buzz of machinery are most intense. Nighttime also allows the glow of unusual lights and colors to become more alien, allowing me to utilize odd and fluorescent colors. Many of my chosen subjects are from an earlier time, often found images from the 1960s and 70s, when computers existed on a more human scale, with round human-like faces, and seemed new, mysterious, and exciting.
Through painting, a traditional analog medium, I want to capture the humming, electronic glow and buzz associated with the digital age, a whirring warmth which prevents us all from ever having to be truly alone.
|Education:||BFA Washington University in St. Louis|
|Awards & Distinctions:||-2008 Jeffery Frank Wacks Painting Award Winner
-2007 Missouri Scholars Academy Standing Ovation Award
-2003 STELLAR Scholarship
-2002 ARTS Award
|Professional/Teaching Experience:||-Washington University 3D Shop, St. Louis, MO Shop Monitor, Sept. 2006-May 2007
-Missouri Scholars Academy, Columbia, MO Resident Assistant, June 2005, 2006, 2007
-Loyola Academy, St. Louis, MO Elective Teacher, Oct. 2005-Mar. 2006
|Exhibitions:||-Great Plains/Great Art, Dickinson Museum Center, Dickinson, ND, 2009
-One City, One Hundred Artist Showcase, Jajo Gallery, Newark, NJ, 2009
-3 Artists 3000 Miles, Gallery M-Squared, Houston, TX, 2009
-Washington University Junior Show, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2007
-Washington University BFA Show, St. Louis, MO, 2008
-Washington University Senior Painting Show, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO, 2008
-All Girls All the Time, West End City Apartments Ballroom, St. Louis, MO, 2006
|Artist Tags:||painting, technology, computers, office, work|