Below, you can hear me in conversation with curator Mark Scala at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. We are discussing an artwork for the Chuck Close Prints exhibition audio tour.
Our talk begins at 35:44.
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Let's make art.
Making art is 25% magic and 75% hard work, or something like that. The process of making never feels mundane to me, because it is always a search for something. It can be a search inside myself, during which I manifest parts of my identity through materials and symbols. Painting often starts as a search for active peace. My mind quiets and travels around the great unknown, and I become unaware of my Self for awhile. Of course, it can also be an observational search, intended to interpret a subject formally. My searches do not always unearth success immediately. In fact, I prefer to work on paintings for years. They often develop as I do, taking on new characters, methods of explorations, and context. With art, the process never stops. It is career, it is a part of home, it's a way of perceiving, unfolding and growing with each new life experience. I want whatever I'm doing to be expressive, genuine, and investigatory.
I create acrylic paintings that explore how human identity is shaped by seemingly dichotomous relationships. Specifically, I am interested in the perceived boundaries that exist between what a thing is and is not, what sustains and destroys a system, assimilation versus expulsion, and fascination and disgust. I create abstract compositions with symbols flexible to distortion and manipulation. My works are heavily influenced by Abstract Expressionism, an interest in Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, and my relationship with identity markers and interpersonal experience.
I enjoy abstraction for many reasons. Primarily, it can strip away the literal and expose a more chaotic narration full of psychological and emotional impact. With abstraction, I try to create a place to experience my psyche, where the viewer will also be confronted with their own fears, desires, or whimsies.
I love to teach.
MFA . painting. Clemson University
Past Experience as Adjunct Professor . Belmont University and Lipscomb University
I welcome you to view my resume at the bottom of this page. I have experience teaching art to all ages and in a variety of institutions. I also have experience as the Director of Education for the AIR program at K12 Gallery in Dayton, OH. My objective is to create an atmosphere for learning that is both challenging and engaging. Students are supported in artistic problem solving through the development of skills in a chosen medium, art criticism, and an understanding of art historical and contemporary context. I believe class content should be fluid and embrace a particular group's learning styles, interests, and goals.