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Raised in the rural Midwest, I earned degrees in Sculpture and Women's Studies
at The Ohio State University before co-founding a visual arts-based circus in Florida that
toured the country three times in two years. I taught K-5 art in a remote comer ofthe
Navajo Reservation prior to earning an MFA from Columbia University's Visual Art
Division in 2004. Since 1999, my work has been exhibited at PS1 and Artists Space in
New York, the Wexner Center in Ohio, LACE in Los Angeles, and Cabaret Voltaire in
I maintain a project-based practice that is inspired by esoteric themes culled from
local histories and cultural fringes. I am interested in places where the politics of identity
and history intersect on the body or the landscape. Craft and performance traditions are
central motivators as I excavate and reconfigure objects and occurrences in material and
visual culture. My work imitates and illuminates resourceful tactics for constructing
personal and cultural mythologies.
Peek-a-boo's Cave is a suite of five new interactive sculptures. Resembling modified,
embellished desert refuse, the installation will incorporate a video tracking device that will
engage audio, video, and kinetic elements in response to a viewer's path through the work.
Visually, the assemblages will refer to large, enigmatic artifacts I have encountered along the
Colorado and Green River corridors in the Utah desert. The original objects are saturated
with potential folklore and metaphor. As viewers trigger sensors, the sculptures themselves
will physically shudder with the desire to communicate.
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