I was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan and moved in 2007 to Washington D.C. to pursue a BFA in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. While there I also completed a 5 months Teachers Assistance and residency program in New York city at the Center for Alternative Photography. After completing my BFA, I moved to Cambridge MA, and attend the College of Art and Design at Lesley University where I completed a MFA in Fine Art Photography in 2013. While in grad school I pursued issues in communication, identity, love and romance thought alternative photographic processes.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 2016, I have worked full time at the Institute Of American Indian Art while balancing studio time. I enjoy teaching and see it as a honor to work in such a unique and diverse community. I continue to work in alternative photographic processes and approaches while tackling large issues in female and multi-racial representation, domestic spheres and yes, love.
I work at the intersection of alternative photographic processes and contemporary media. By using photography as a base from which to experiment, along with contemporary methodologies, I create image based mixed media pieces. My work is largely autobiographic, it is an alternate venue for the impulse to confess; an offering of the revealed, personal experience when words are not enough.
Direct manipulation of images, alternative substrates and organic materials articulate distress and pleasures I have experienced. I do not focus on the negativity of heartbreak or the singularity of a relationship or experience, but use the extremes of experiences as fodder for creative interpretation of daily life. Using what materials, found and collected, works take on a deconstructed cultural memory while reconstructing personal history. The use of alternative photographic processes and nontraditional image presentation are as important as the index of the image itself in conveying layered human experiences.These processes are my methods and language of communicating my compulsory efforts of human will.