Copper plate etchings, pen, and embossing on paper
13" x 5" and 11" x 14"
For this series of prints I etched images of 45's face over and over again on the same copper plate, making two prints after each etching to document the process. I continued to etch until faces were no longer distinguishable and only dark black scribbles were left. The prints are meant to be viewed as a unit and they stand as a record of a process.
For the final phase of the work I left the etched plate in a bed of acid for several days and made prints and embossings with the destroyed plate.
Copper plate etching an aquatint on paper
11" x 14"
I have been thinking a lot about femininity and the many different identities we try on as women. This print came out of a conversation with a friend who had just given birth. When I asked what motherhood was like, she looked me in the eye and said, "I would kill to protect this baby." Using Bouguereau's 'Innocence' as a reference, I created a Madonna figure with an automatic weapon instead of a lamb on her arm.
On top of my original Madonna figure I etched modern-day Madonna. My reference image was a photograph of her giving her fiery speech at the women's march wearing her pussy hat. This Madonna is militant too, but for different reasons. I wanted both Madonnas to interact on the same plate because both are women who have dealt with idolization and have been attacked by many different names throughout their lifetimes.
American Selfie Series
Copper plate etching and aquatint on paper
11” x 14” and 7" x 11"
This is a continuation on my meditations on femininity. I went through all of my old selfies that I had taken and sent to the men I dated to find the two that embarrassed me the most, then I created an aquatint of one and etched the other on top of it. The two selfies show sides of myself that I no longer embrace, and are meant to illustrate the ways in which women still go out of their way to accommodate the men around them. These prints serve as a reminder to stay true to yourself before your own identity gets lost in a sea of others.
Muslin, grommets, wire, ribbon, photolithographic prints on vellum
14" x 25" x 15"
Single channel video
Cilice is both a sculpture and a performance piece. To create the sculpture I first created over 90 photolithographic prints on vellum, each with slight tonal differences. To hold the prints I sewed a simple muslin dress that opens in the back. Each grommet was hammered in place and the metal links were wound and cut by hand. In the interior of the dress I stitched intersecting layers of wire 'boning' so the dress would retain my shape after it was taken off. The performance is about trying on an identity, feeling the burden of it, and seeking to remove it. The dress left where it is shed in the performance is a sculpture that is simultaneously a straitjacket, a corset and a shell discarded after metamorphosis.
I built this device to be patient zero for a virus. I am working on a simpler analog design that may be easier to spread. The machine is simply a means for generating the real work: the tweets. Tap the button as many times as you want to generate a series of words. Write them down. Post them. Spread the virus. Defeat ignorance with nonsense.
Internal clock made external. The reminder no woman needs.
Indiana Jones costume jacket, faux shearling, digitally embroidered patches on canvas and silk, permanent marker, wire
55" x 34" x 35"
My grandfather suffered from Bipolar Disorder. He claimed to have changed his name from Fortunoff to Forbes so he could become a pilot in World War II. For years I wasn't sure how close that was to the truth. Recently, my father unearthed a rarely undamaged scrap book. Inside was one photo of my grandfather in what looked like the cockpit of a plane and a worn patch. From this scant evidence I decided to create a replica of his jacket. I created the digital files for these from the photographic evidence, imagination and additional research and printed them with a digital embroiderer.
Recreating my grandfather's Navy Air Corps patch from WWII
Plaster life casts, alginate, my grandmother's headstone
Installations in Fairfield, CT shown
The process of casting my face for this project was like a small death. I put my trust in a friend for the process, and the moments I spent in darkness and silence waiting for the material to cure were torturous. I held on my face an almost comical expression of peace despite the panic and exhaustion I was feeling. I then took the alginate mold home and cast plaster faces into as the mold cracked and distorted, experimenting with different plaster ratios as well. I kept going until the mold was unusable. I then took those casts and placed them on my grandmother's headstone and a river near my parent's house. They will remain there until they decompose.
Puppies 4 Sale
Puppies 4 Sale
Single channel video
After listening to so much posturing and yapping on the news I got an idea. I went to a pet store and bought some bulk puppy toys. Then I removed the fur, disassembled them, painted them beige, and put them back together. The reassembled creatures seem almost cute, but when you turn them all on at once the noise becomes horrible and oppressive, and when viewed from above the squirming of the puppies is like maggots. The projected video synchs up with a performance that is meant to disorient viewers and lead them to question the reality of the screen.
Puppies 4 Sale
Photolithographic prints on paper
15.75" x 20” or 31.5" x 20"
As the 2016 presidential election approached I felt deeply aware of and disgusted by my privilege. I saw faces that looked like me and my friends in crowds everywhere cheering for a monster. This image came out of that anxiety and self-loathing. The colors, the layering and the application of ink are all calculated to communicate stress.
Single channel video composed of lithographic prints on vellum
We have constructed a Babel filled with screams into the twitterverse that no one listens to or understands. Soon the tower will fall and all that will be left will be the dodos.
Metallic paint and patina on paper
30” x 22”
I created this piece as a release after finally waking up from years of pining. The golden notion of pure unrequited love had finally tarnished and it was time for me to move on. I think also of the many people who feel unrequited love for this country. Is it time to realize it will never care for us and move on? Or do we stay and hope?
Laser etched paint and gold leaf on canvas
16" x 20"
This piece depicts the process of opening my eyes more to injustice. I peel away the skin over my third eye to reveal gold underneath. The process has been painful, and has caused a few cracks to radiate out into my life, but the pain is small. More like an elective cosmetic procedure than a trip to the emergency room. The title stands to remind me of that.
Momento Mori 1
Laser etched paint on canvas, hand-drawn QR code on matboard
22" x 20"
Momento Mori 1 is an attempt to erase my past identity as a technician in order to make room for art. I used traditional glazing techniques and the composition referenced both vanitas and momento mori traditions. I modernized the concept by bringing the finished painting into the laser engraver and using the laser to strategically erase the paint. The documentation of this erasure process can be seen here. The hand-drawn QR code itself is a momento mori. It's popularity was very brief and now it is a nearly obsolete technology. Scanning the QR code will take you to this webpage, creating a digital loop. What was once an intricate work that I poured many hours into is now only a series of ones and zeros.
Momento Mori 2
Laser etched paint on canvas
24" x 24"
In Momento Mori 2 I used the laser engraver to etch the QR code into the surface of the painting. Scanning the QR code will lead you to a video of the laser engraving process and an image of the original painting, which now only exists in digital form. I created these works as a reminder that digital death (obsolescence) is just behind my shoulder. Life is short and in this age periods of popularity and interest are even shorter. I must create as much as I can while I am still young.