About | CV

With a background education in Chemistry and Neuroscience, laboratory precision and the hidden physiology of the body continues to inspire my work. While the clinical and the creative can be contrasting fields, my work brings science into the art world. While usually depicted as diagrams of skeletal systems and neurological pathways in stoic medical textbook illustrations, my work re-presents anatomy through whimsical cartoon forms and neon colors. By adding elements of humor and unexpected twists, my work subverts traditional expectations and humanizes depictions of the human body by inviting viewers to embrace the darker and malignant secrets of the body.

In addition to the scientifically bizarre, I address aspects of how mass media has changed our reality including the desensitization to violence, the intrusion of commercial images, and technological integration. Inspired by American cartoon characters and the campy violence in 80’s horror films, much of my work involves this iconography in a humorous, yet torturous, way.

I use highly pigmented colors as a guiding force. The candy colors initially create a layer of childlike whimsy to invite viewers into the work before the off-putting subject matter of murderous hearts or exploding eyeballs creeps up. My work functions in a way that if you were to describe the subject matter merely in words, the description might sound entirely gruesome; however, its visual illustration is almost the complete opposite due to the color and cartoon style. It is this dichotomy that forms the foundation of my work.

Without the use of tape or stencils, I have brought my laboratory-like precision into my work through my hard-edge style, and through this aesthetic, I hope to bring order to the chaotic natural world.

Collection of paintings from  In Plain Sight  at GAZE Modern, 2019.

Collection of paintings from In Plain Sight at GAZE Modern, 2019.

With a background education in Chemistry and Neuroscience, laboratory precision and the hidden physiology of the body continue to inspire my work. While the clinical and the creative can be contrasting fields, my work merges science with art. Instead of depicting this combination as stoic medical textbook illustrations, my work re-presents anatomy through stylized forms and hyper-saturated colors. By adding elements of humor and unexpected twists, I want to subvert traditional expectations of anatomical diagrams. These larger-than-life anatomical paintings expose the inner systems and invisible maladies that are sometimes lurking within. They confront viewers with what it means to be a living body within the context of our current health care system.

In addition to anatomy, landscapes are used as metaphors for underlying narratives exploring the horrors of the pharmaceutical industry, invasion of technology, disregard for the environment, and over-consumption. The superficial whimsy allows for such issues to be addressed with a subtler tone – giving a fantastical glimpse at what our world might become.

It is important to my studio practice to maintain a laboratory-like precision through a graphic, hard-edge style. The technical aspects and the process of creating these forms without the aid of tape or stencils are just as important as the content. The super-flat style allows me to distance the world of my paintings from our reality. Intensely pigmented colors are used to create forms with childlike whimsy to entice viewers into the work. Then the viewer can be confronted with the sometimes off-putting subject as it slowly creeps in. Inspired by American cartoons and the campy violence in 80’s horror films, much of my work involves iconography in a similarly humorous, yet torturous, way.

EXHIBITIONS

2019 Red Dot Miami; Art Basel Miami, FL (December 2019)

2019 CREEP; Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

2018 No Limits; The Dojo, Tampa, FL

2019 Florida’s Finest; Art Center, Sarasota, FL

2019 In Plain Sight; GAZE Modern, Sarasota, FL

2019 Connected - VSA Emerging Artist Program; The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2019 Combined Talents; FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

2019 Made Fresh; Art Center, Sarasota, FL

2019 International Exchange; Korea National University of Arts; Seoul, South Korea

2019 Fractured Realities; The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

2019 Best of Ringling Juried by Christian Viveros-Faune; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2019 Possible Side Effects; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2018 Savannah Magnolia; The Mable, Sarasota, FL - Solo Exhibition

2018 Migraine; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2018 Intermix; Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

2018 House of Nine; Towles Court, Sarasota, FL

2018 Mind the Gap; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL (Curated by Natalie Lerner)

2018 Macabre; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2018   Best of Ringling Juried by Christopher Jones; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2018   [Un]Comfortable; Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

2017   Edition 1/15; Special Collections Library, Sarasota, FL

2017   The Dog and Pony Show; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2016   Best of Ringling Juried by Linda Yablonsky; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL

2016   There is Something I Haven’t Told You…; The Crossley Gallery, Sarasota, FL (Curated by Paulina Bebecka)    

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2019 VSA Emerging Artist Program First Place Award, The Kennedy Center, Washington DC

2019 Merit Award, Florida’s Finest Exhibition, Art Center Sarasota, FL

2019 Best in Show, Made Fresh Exhibition, Art Center Sarasota, FL

2019 Silver Juror’s Award in Best of Ringling Exhibition awarded by Christian Viveros-Faune

2019 Ringling College Professional Development Grant

2018   Patricia Ericson Scholarship

2018   Ringling College Trustee Scholar Nominee

2016 – 2019   Ringling College President’s List

2016 – 2019   Ringling College Dean’s Scholarship

2017   Yale Norfolk Summer Arts Program Nominee

2016   3rd Place, 6th Annual Madeby Show, Sarasota, FL

2016   Featured on SSN’s Suncoast FYI TV Segment, Sarasota, FL

GALLERIES

Zenith Art & Fashion; Miami, FL

 Madeby Gallery; Sarasota, FL

EDUCATION

2019 Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL | BFA in Fine Arts

2015 Boston University, Boston, MA | Neuroscience

2013 Canterbury School, Fort Myers, FL | High School Diploma                                  

 

EXPERIENCE

2019 Specialized Anatomy Artist for a Synthetic Cadaver Manufacturer

2019 Assistant to Jason Middlebrook for public art project

2018 - 2019   The Crossley Gallery Director; Sarasota, FL

2018   Ringling College of Art & Design Teaching Assistant; Sarasota, FL

2015   Rauschenberg Foundation Studio Assistant; Captiva, FL