Werdegang / Ausbildung: 
In recent work I have used the politically charged topic of war as an entry point into deeper conversations about power, gender, and the sacred. I am particularly interested in war memorials as cultural artifacts, objects that signify whose lives are most valued and honored in our public spaces. Language of valor and glory and courage in the context of war are commonly integrated into the memorials themselves, with scale and material designed to command particular awe and reverence in the viewer. Gendered notions of patriotism and honor blend with hallowed ground.

My studio practice is process and material driven. I gravitate towards materials that are common in everyday domestic life: matches, clothes pins, fabric, needles and thread; and through a simple repetitive process of counting, transform the mundane objects into memorials for the war dead. The ephemeral and delicate nature of the work stands in contrast to the monolithic forms of marble and stone we often associate with memorials. The processes employed speak to labor, struggle, endurance, ritual, and meditation; while the materials serve to reframe our collective understanding of power in ways that give strength to culturally feminized notions like empathy, compassion, and mindfulness.
Wichtige Projekte / Ausstellungen: 
2017 One 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, semi-finalist (honored in the top 10 of 1082 entries)
XX Invitational, Fisch Haus, Wichita, Kansas
The Disseminator of Useful Knowledge, invitational print exhibition, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Indiana
Who Goes There?, invitational groups show, Bread Box gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
Nasty Women, Parachute Factory, Lexington, kentucky

2016 American Mortal, two-person show, Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
Tarot, invitational group show, Bread Box Studios, Lexington, Kentucky

2010 COUNT, Solo Show, Slippery Rock University Gallery, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

2009 International Exchange Exhibition, Invitational Group Show, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Busan International Design Festival, Invitational Group Show, Busan Fine Arts Association, 2-3 Gallery, Busan, South Korea

2008 This Process Cannot Save Us, Invitational Group Show, Southern Graphics Council Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
International Exchange Exhibition, Group Show, Daegu University, South Korea

2006 Among the Birds, Solo Exhibition, Arts Council of Dickinson County, Abilene, Kansas

2005 Absence Removed, Two-Person Exhibition, Farm Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Rituals and Transformations, MFA Thesis Exhibition, University of Kansas Art & Design Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas


Auszeichnungen / Preise: 
2017 KentuckyFellow, Southern Prize, South Arts, Atlanta, Georgia
2016 Recipient, Community Arts Development Grant, Lexarts, Kentucky Artist-In-Residence, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lexington, Kentucky
2015 Recipient, Community Arts Development Grant, Lexarts, Kentucky
2007 Recipient, Faculty Research Travel Grant, Murray State University
2004 Artist Residency, University of Kansas, Mijas, Spain
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member