Lean Agains the Wall

A site specific installation 
Cedar Street Gallery, Berkeley, Ca 90"x30", 2021

Lean Against the Wall is a site-specific triptych made with found objects gathered on walks in Berkeley CA. These are pieces of billboard, paint peeled from the wall and hoops from wheels, all discards of a busy city that, isolated, hold a kind of disembodied potential. I find these remnants beautiful and hope that by leaning 

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The Moon is a Mirror

A site specific installation 
The Inner Room at Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA, 8ft x 8ft, 2020

The Moon Is A Mirror is a site-specific installation exploring real and imagined celestial bodies and their mythologies. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s writings, particularly Cosmicomics and The Cloven Viscount this installation explores a chimeric reflection of a studio cosmos. It is a quiet mirrored map documenting accumulation, creation and destruction.


Using only materials I had already collected I began to create a body of drawings built on the erased remains of religious and astronomical imagery. Scraps of past pieces became tightly knit spheres and the work began to orbit around itself, creating its own private and self-generative narrative. 

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Raised from Remains

A site specific sculptural installation 
Prairie Ronde Artist Residency, Vicksburg, MI, 3000 sq ft., 2018
Created during my month long residency in an abandoned Paper Mill, this piece began with the re-imagining of an enormous industrial space with three permanent concrete pillars. Thought to have originally have held some form of paper finishing machine, they stood alone in the room: pre-existing pedestals. I decided to assemble my piece around these, building sculptures for them and creating an installation that radiated out. Using materials I found scavenging the Mill I made a number of hanging sculptures, make shift pedestals, and pedestal-based sculptures. Alongside these I made a process driven video, a table of contents and a number of works on paper inspired by my time there. 
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Plinthios Brokhos

A site specific body of work made for Derivation, a three woman show at
Grael Gallery, San Francisco CA 2018
Recently I was given pages from a book of String Figures and began taking inspiration from the shapes and titles of these characters. Delving further, I found that these have no known source, but seem to have sprung up concurrent, across the globe, going back to possibly the Stone Age. These forms had multiple uses: shamanistic ritual, story telling, medical knots, a written language (Quipus or Talking Knots) as well as a mode of expression, art and game playing. Although common across the world, the first person to document some of these was Heraklas, a Greek physician who, in his first century monograph, described String Figures used for surgical knots and slings. The first figure to be described was Plinthios Brokhos.

Midnight Insight [What's Found Was Soon Forgotten] 

Site Specific Installation, 40ft x 12 ft
Solo show at Artist Television Access, CA 2016
Shadows blooming / Emanating softly / Like darkness off the water
Searching for markers in an inextricable landscape through heuristic process and dream memory.
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Structural Ghosts [Their Nails Like Fingerprints]

Site Specific Installation, 20ft x 10ft

Solo Show at The Central Saloon, Seattle, WA 2017

Nails form the structural integrity of our physical lives.  Hidden, they enable and support the spaces we exist in yet as these spaces fall apart, are dismantled or abandoned, the structural matter is forgotten.  Designed for purely utilitarian purposes, once discarded the nails are rendered useless: they have become structural ghosts.


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In Darkness Merge [My Shadow & I]

Site Specific Installation 13ft 10ft
Solo show at Hi-Lo Press, GA 2016
In consideration of pragmatism I made on a body of work bound by certain rules. As the baggage allowance was 23 kilos I worked around my usual inclination to include weighty found objects such as heavy rusty pieces, rebar remains & large wood splinters. Instead I decided to work with their rubbings, which became their shadows, the airless part of their remains. These marks become relics reconfigured: a stand in for their origins and reminders of the significance of touch.

Your Cloak, My Dagger

[A Line In The Landscape]

From Salt Water Spells: a two woman show at Forthrite Printing, Oakland, CA
Mixed Media, Site Specific Installation, 7ft x 17ft, 2016

Turning [A Change of Feeling Under Different Light]

From A Heap Of Broken Images: a four person show at Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA,
Mixed Media, Site Specific Installation, 14ft x 6ft, 2015
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