1. Tell me a bit about yourself. (a quick history/bio, where are you from?, what’s your backstory? how did you get to BFP, etc.?
I was raised in Boston during the golden age of television, I read a lot of MAD Magazine and I was the daughter of a psychiatrist. What transpired from all that was my passion for satire, consumer culture and decoding human nature. My BFA is from Manhattanville College and after that I embarked on post-graduate work at Parsons School of Design. Once in NYC, Warhol’s soup cans and soap pad boxes drew me into communication arts and consumer packaged goods design. I co-founded a brand identity design firm which I owned and operated with two other partners. After we closed the company in 2012, winning a solo show at a Los Angeles gallery drew me back into visual arts full time. Getting to BFP was a process that began with my curiosity about the Bushwick art scene. I knew that it was only a few L stops away from my East Village apartment, but I didn’t know how to actually plant myself there. When I met Karl Jones who is now my current studio mate, he pointed me to the Listings Project where I found my first studio share space at BFP’s 119 Ingraham, undoubtedly one of the best moves I ever made.
2. Can you describe your work? What do you do? What’s your process?
My photo-composite process is a continuation of the tradition that began with collage. On any given day I source thousands of images in order to find just the right ones to place next to each other, as juxtaposition forms the foundation of my process. By using software tools I color shift, erase backgrounds and compose as my vision is far too detailed for traditional collage methods. My composites are printed on Endura Metallic chromogenic paper as I find its iridescent finish and rich metallic appearance catches the eye and gives depth to my themes of illumination and human self-reflection. Recently, I’ve begun spraying white primer to the outside of many different bottle shapes filled with various liquid and powdered elements as a way to concretize themes found in my 2D work, but not sure where I’m going with that yet.
3. What artists do you think about most / what artists are you looking at?
No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get Banksy, Jenny Holzer or Martha Rosler out of my mind. Their artistic contributions to subversiveness and the darker side of humanity continually inspire me. With that said, I’ve currently been looking at artists from the Dark Ages and their dark-versus-light themes.
4. Do you have any shows coming up?
• Two of my over-consumption works, “Predators” and “Empire," will be shown in the upcoming Human Impact Institute’s Creative Climate Awards 2017 Exhibition, from October 16 - November 16 at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, 1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY.
• One of my misogyny works, “Milk Gone Bad,” will be published in the upcoming Beaver the Exhibition Book Project, Lit Riot Press, Brooklyn, NY
• More of my misogyny artworks will be shown at BFP’s In Case Art Projects’ Mapping Bushwick exhibit, September 16 - 28, ground floor, 119 Ingraham, Brooklyn, NY.
• My studio, #208 at 119 Ingraham, will be open during Bushwick Open Studios 2017, September 22 - 24, 12 noon to 7:00 PM. (Illuminations & Manifestos)
4. What advice would you give to other artists?
The idea that if you don’t get a prestigious opportunity you’ll never make it, is short-sighted. There is no one true path, because there are literally thousands of ways to be an artist, sell your work, and connect with an audience.