I am an artist and writer. I’m also infinitely curious. I guess that’s what led me to earn my Master of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, in February, 2013. During graduate school, I wandered around, and through, theories of identity, culture, communication and place.
My creative practice has evolved over the last 25 years, and although I’ve worked in a variety of disciplines, I’ve found my visual work to be most fulfilling. I started my visual work with drawing and painting, and then spent roughly 10 years working with paper through mixed media. In the last couple of years I’ve begun working toward more consistent mindfulness in my practice. I want to find ways to be as rooted in the places I live and exist, aware of myself and the people with whom I interact, knowledgeable about the materials available nearby, and respectful of my own creative lineage by honoring the creatives in my bloodline who came before me.
I’ve exhibited at a number of venues and events including the New York International Independent Film Festival, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, and Iredell Museums in North Carolina. Additionally, my work has been purchased by private collectors. All that said, I’m also in the process of reevaluating my thoughts on art and commercialism. I don’t have any great answers here – only questions. What I do know is that I don’t feel genuine, fulfilled, connected, or as though I’m being a good steward in any way when I participate in the ‘fine art’ rat race. I love knowing really great people own my artwork, but when it comes to the whole enter-your-work-in-some-exhibit, somehow, that whole thing – that whole ‘fine art’ market, and ‘fine art’ in general, are leaving me cold. That said, I’m in the process of pulling away from the approaches and markets I used to work toward. My artwork is now sold in a small, awesome gallery called Taupe, in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
“Most of us work within a system of categories provided by society. Patriarchal structures are especially strong in the art world. Becoming aware of how much they enslave us is the first step toward breaking the cultural trance” — Suzi Gablik, The Reenchantment of Art, 179
Oh, and I’m the writer/publisher behind TheFlyingSpoon.com, an online blogzine through which I hunt down and expose non-mainstream awesomeness. Regardless of the publication for which I’m writing at any given time, or the piece of visual artwork I’m creating, I’m a firm believer in the power of narrative. I focus on creative non-fiction in all three of my chosen languages: visual, word, and sound.
I’ve written for a number of publications including Mosaic-Magazine.com, Lake Norman Magazine, University City Magazine, Charlotte Pride Magazine, Unity Magazine (corporate publication), SouthPark Magazine, and Creative Loafing Charlotte.