I’m a visual artist with roots in poetry. In 2003, I received an MFA in visual art from the University of Chicago. In addition to curating several public projects (“Park Yourself” and the “NO Parade”) and engaging in an ongoing series of public interventions on Chicago sidewalks, I co-taught a seminar on conceptual art for adults at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2005 and have presented my work as a visiting artist at the School of the Art Institute and Columbia College in Chicago as well as at a conference on camouflage at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2007, I was a Richard H. Driehaus Emerging Artist Award nominee in Chicago. I have shown my work in Chicago, Michigan and Brooklyn, NY, and have self-published two books of poetry. After living in Chicago for many years, I now live in Grand Haven, Michigan.
The source of my creative energy is perverse play in response to everyday life. My work revolves around a loose core of common concerns. It is philosophically (rather than stylistically or formally) unified. I’m obsessed with caprice, absurdity, desire, camouflage, illusion, chance, what is obvious, what is passed over, what is thrown away. My work takes many forms: drawing, painting, collage, photography, installation, sound. I often manipulate found images, materials, or text. I sometimes create environments or perform actions in public spaces to unravel or complicate the connections between public and private, art and life.
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