Long before I photographed weddings, I sat in the pews of a Catholic church in Milwaukee at a wedding I was attending, and I heard the priest sing, “Love is our origin; love is our constant calling” as a part of the wedding mass. 

I was deeply moved by these words. I listen for this refrain at every Catholic wedding I photograph or attend, but I’ve never heard it again. It was one of those moments where the world stopped for a minute, and everything was quiet and open, with only this voice and these words, resonating every molecule in the room with its magnificent and profound energy. I have thought about that phrase ever since, and although I have never heard it again, I have seen it manifested in the people I know, in their creative work, in their relationships. I see it manifested when I look down at the camera in my hands; an origin, a calling.

I have a BFA and an MFA in conceptual art, and I have both a fine art and commercial art practice. I’ve been taking pictures of people, places and things since I was 11 and got my first camera. I have been making performances for about that long as well, starting with lip-synced showcases of Jem and the Hologram's finest jams on cassette. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.

Action and interaction are at the heart of my work. Sometimes aggressive, sometimes meditative, and often subversive, I mash up spaces, situations, gestures and objects with which action and interaction express and ask questions about the human experience, identity, emotions, power, violence and connection. Most of my work ends up processed through a lens, for the convenience of framing specific elements in a certain way, or as a means to package a specific narrative in a way that can be returned to and ruminated upon. I consider all of my work performance-based, as action is the root of creation. My work can be seen as a dialog between action and stillness, and as a reaching for the space in between where transformation occurs, seeking to visualize the energy of our constant callings.

I am also a co-founder and active member of the SPOOKY BOOBS COLLECTIVE, a feminist art collective that uses art, language, and design to visualize the trivialization of women’s experiences.

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EDUCATION

BFA-Performance & Photography, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 2004

Diploma, School of Audio Engineering, Nashville, TN 2005

MFA-Performance & Video, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 2015

Additional certifications

TESOL certification, Oxford Trinity College, Prague, Czech Republic, 2004
ProTools certification, Nashville, TN, 2005

EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • The Something Else, Commwealth Gallery, Madison, WI (upcoming)
  • Nasty, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • River West Fem Fest, Milwaukee, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)

2016

  • Sorting Piece (Unburdening), performance in a private residence, Boulder, CO
  • UNIMADEX Experimental Film Festival, Marquee Cinema, Madison, WI 
  • A Bitchtastic Luncheon, as a part of Spatula & Barcode’s Feeding Farmers/Foodways project, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI 
  • Sorting Piece (Unburdening), Playground! at Community Research Kitchen with Spatula & Barcode, The Bubbler, Madison, WI 
  • Hey Lady, Ghost Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Electronic Saviors, The Frequency, Madison, WI (as part of Caustic)
  • I Witness: Activist Art and Social Movement Politics, Bradley University Art Galleries, Peoria, IL (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • *Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, presented byGutfreund Cornett Art, KaleidGallery, San Jose, CA (as part ofthe Spooky Boobs Collective) (*selected by juror Michelle Nyeof SFMOMA Artists Gallery forSpecial Recognition Award) 
  • Space Jam Reading Room and Lounge, Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City, IA (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Being Her Now: Feminine Identity in the 21st Century, Salisbury University Art Gallery, Salisbury, MD (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • The Patterns’ Vicious Influence, Part II, Charles Adams Studio Project Gallery, Lubbock, TX (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)

2015

  • What Should I Do About the Wild and the Tame?/Unburdening, Performance/Installation, Gallery 7, Madison, WI - solo show
  • Print & Resist, Spooky Boobs Collective: Print Media, The Bubbler, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Mokita: The Truths We All Know But Agree Not To Talk About, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
  • Strange Habits, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
  • The Patterns’ Vicious Influence, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Play, Madison Senior Center Art Gallery, Madison, WI
  • Loud and Clear, Hi/Lo Gallery, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)

2014

  • HIT, Gallery 7, Madison, WI - solo show
  • MFA Graduate Students Exhibition, Capitol Lakes Gallery, Madison, WI
  • From the Gut, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
  • Just the Tip, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
  • Caustic 10th Anniversary Show, The Inferno, Madison, WI

2013

  • Numinosity, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI
  • And Another, Art Lofts Gallery, Madison, WI

2012

  • Art House Co-Op Sketchbook Project Collection, New York, NY
  • Louisville: At Home in a Small Town, Louisville Farmers Market Pop-up Gallery, Louisville, CO

2011

  • Shit Creek Review, featured images, New York, NY
  • Louisville: At Home in a Small Town, Creative Framing Gallery, Louisville, CO

2010

  • Seven Easy Steps, Horton Gallery, New York, NY

2009

  • Stereopsis, 734 Gallery, Madison, WI
  • Starlight Art Video Series, Starlight Cinema, Madison, WI
  • It’s My First Time, Gallery 7, Madison, WI

2008

  • Intoxication Music Festival, performance with keyboards, Madison, WI
  • Image Review, Gallery 7, Madison, WI

2007

  • Reverence Music Festival, The Inferno, performance with keyboards, Madison, WI

2006

  • Madison Electronic Music Festival, performance with keyboards, Warner Park, Madison, WI
  • Reverence Music Festival, The Inferno, performance with keyboards, Madison, WI

2005

  • Bound-less, multiple galleries, Oslo, Norway
  • Soundscape FM: Berlin, Transmediale Festival-Berlinale, Berlin, Germany

2004

  • Sans Souci Dance for Film Festival, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • Pendulum New Music Concert Series, Grusen Hall, Boulder, CO
  • Seperation Anxiety II: More Anxiety, Old Main Theatre, Boulder, CO
  • Karta/Terräng, in the ocean at Västra hamnen, Malmö, Sweden

2003

  • Dreammakers, various galleries in touring exhibition, Mexico
  • diFusion Live Art Event, performance at 24-hour streaming event, Boulder, CO
  • You Are My Phantom Limb, University of Colorado Art Gallery, Boulder, CO
  • Separation Anxiety, Old Main Theatre, Boulder, CO
  • New Arts Festival, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • Meathooks of Freedom performance, Monkey Mania Gallery and Performance Space, Denver, CO

2002

  • Accumulations, EDGE Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Unshod, University of Colorado Art Gallery, Boulder, CO
  • A Night of Live Art, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • Abandoned, Roach Gallery, Boulder, CO

2001

  • Post-Apocalypse 9/11 Show, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

PRESS

2016

  • Sal Pizzaro, “San Jose art exhibition showcases female perspective”, East Bay Times, July 23, 2016, http://www.eastbaytimes.com/ci_30162324/san-jose-art-exhibition-showcases-female-perspective
  • Michelle Nye, “All Woman Exhibition Explores Art as Activism”, MS Magazine, July 15, 2016
  • The Patterns' Vicious Influence (Spooky Boobs Collective), Review by Scott Gordon: http://www.tonemadison.com/articles/spooky-curtains-at-the-overture-center/
  • Brian Standing, “Feminist Art Practice with the SPOOKY BOOBS COLLECTIVE,” WORT-FM Radio interview, Madison, WI, January 11, 2016 http://www.wortfm.org/feminist-art-practice-with-the-spooky-boobs-collective/

2015

  • Mokita: The Truths We All Know But Agree Not To Talk About, Review by Douglas Rosenberg, Spackle Madison: http://spacklemadison.com/favorites-of-2015/
  • The Patterns' Vicious Influence, Review by Rachel Bruya, “Favorites of 2015,” Spackle Madison, December 10, 2015. http://www.spacklemadison.com/favorites-of-2015/
  • Being Her Now: Feminine Identity in the 21st Century https://suartgalleries.org/2015/12/16/being-her-now-feminine-identity-in-the-21st-century/
  • Madison Print & Resist keeps evolving in 2015, for WORT-FM · by Scott Gordon, Tone Madison http://www.tonemadison.com/articles/madison-print-resist-keeps-evolving-in-2015-for-wort-fm/
  • Spooky Boobs Collective - Isthmus http://isthmus.com/events/spooky-boobs-collective
  • Off the Wall: PLAY at the Madison Senior Center, The Cap Times, Madison, WI. http://host.madison.com/entertainment/arts_ and_theatre/visual/off-the-wall-play-at-the-madison-senior-center/article_e904419e-441d-5a2e-90fa-a838efdc5080.html

2013

  • NReluctant review of Notes from the Plastic Horizon https://youtu.be/BSlm7xrKHfs

2011

  • History: Books for Boulder History Buffs, Daily Camera, Boulder, CO. http://www.dailycamera.com/features/ci_19554589
  • The Louisville Historian, Issue #92. http://library.louisvilleco.gov/Portals/1/pdf/Louisville%20Historian/2011-4_Fall.pdf
  • A Chronicle of Louisville, Now and Then, Daily Camera, Boulder, CO. http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_19019919

2002

  • Culture at CU, Special Insert, interview and article, University of Colorado at Boulder publication, Boulder, CO

GUEST LECTURES & PERFORMANCES

2017

  • Art and Activism, Visiting Artist Lecture, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • You Have the Right to Remain A __________, Performance, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Visiting Artist Lecture-Video Art, Edgewood College, Madison, WI

2016

  • The Patterns’ Vicious Influence, Performance 2, Gallery II, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)

2015

  • The Patterns’ Vicious Influence, Performance 1, Gallery II, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • The Patterns’ Vicious Influence Gallery Talk, Gallery II, Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Spooky Boobs: A Scary Story of Art and Activism, Artist Talk, Gender Studies Seminar, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Loud & Clear Gallery Talk, Hi/Lo Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (as part of the Spooky Boobs Collective)

2012

  • Local History, Photography and Publishing lecture, Lousiville Schools, Louisville, CO
  • Visiting Artist Lecture-Performance Art, Denver University, Denver, CO

2011

  • Lecture: Local history, photography and publishing, The Bookseller bookshop, Louisville, CO
  • Lecture: Local history, photography and publishing, Louisville Public Library and Schools, Louisville, CO

2003

  • Guest Lecturer-Performance Art, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

2002

  • Guest Lecturer-Performance Art, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

AWARDS & GRANTS

2017

  • Documentary Short Category, Second Place, Wisconsin Community Media Awards, Madison, WI
  • Live Event Coverage, Third Place, Wisconsin Community Media Awards, Madison, WI

2016

  • Dulce Professional Development Fund grant, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS (as part of Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • People’s Choice Award, I Witness: Activist Art and Social Movement Politics, Bradley University, Peoria, IL (as part of Spooky Boobs Collective)
  • Special Recognition Award, selected by juror Michelle Nye of SFMOMA Artists Gallery for Vision: An Artist’s Perspective, Gutfreund & Cornett Art, San Jose, CA (as part of Spooky Boobs Collective)

2014

  • Chazen Prize, Madison, WI. Honorable Mention for excellence in creativity.

2012

  • Archaeology & Historic Preservation Award, Boulder, CO. Award for contributions to the local history of Boulder County for co-authoring book Louisville: At Home in a Small Town.

2002

  • ArtsBridge Scholar, University of Colorado/Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO. Grant received to fund the development and teaching of performance art program to 8th graders.http://www.artsbridgeamerica.com/ print.php?url=artsbridgesites.html

2001

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Grant received for color film photography, culminating in local and international exhibitions

SELECTED RECORDINGS & PUBLICATIONS

2016

  • Hey Lady, full color zine, curated by Regina Schilling

2013

  • Erotographomania, full color text and images zine, limited edition 10
  • Notes from the Plastic Horizon I: Landscapes, Drawings and Performances, full color image zine, limited edition of 25
  • Notes from the Plastic Horizon II: Tiny Apocalypse, full color photography zine, limited edition of 25

2012

2011

  • Louisville: At Home in a Small Town, Louisville/Boulder, CO. Published by Wayne Lee Photography & Publishing. Co-creator/author of 184 page book of contemporary color photography, interviews, narrative and historical images.

2004

  • Dance with the Moose, Meathooks of Freedom, Dada death metal collective; guitar, vocals, lyrics, composition, live performance
  • Karta/Terräng, CD of original music composed for underwater exhibition and recorded during underwater broadcast. The underwater concerts were held in Västra hamnen, Malmö, Sweden.

TEACHING

2016

  • Lecturer, Video/Performance for Screen, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2015

  • Lecturer, Performance/Video/Installation, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2014

  • Teaching Assistant, Digital Forms & Video, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2004

  • English Instructor & Tutor, Oxford TEFL Trinity College, Prague, Czech Republic

2003

  • Performance Art & Writing Instructor, Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO

2001

  • Drawing/Painting/Photography Instructor, Warhol’s Warehouse, Boulder, CO

Studio view, 2015.

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