My artistic practice is driven by an inquiry into matters of place, history, queer identity, and ecology. I employ performance, collaboration, and craft in attempts to complicate and commemorate the past, creatively engage the present, and model possibilities for the future. I integrate my conceptual inquiry with a deep relationship to materials and craftsmanship, and I reach out to audiences and participants beyond the boundaries of the art world. Public actions, as well as quieter acts of solo contemplation, provoke and explore a queer response to this complex ecological and cultural moment.
I am originally from rural western New York, and have lived in New York City, Maine, and eastern Massachusetts. My works have been shown in museums and galleries nationally, and I have been a fellow/artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Mildred’s Lane, The Winterthur Museum, Sculpture Space, Hewnoaks, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. I’ve received funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Northampton Arts Council. I hold a BFA in painting from the School of Art + Design at SUNY Purchase, and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from the Maine College of Art, and I currently teach Studio Art at Mount Holyoke College. I live in Greenfield, Massachusetts (Nipmuc, Pocumtuck, and Abenaki land) with my partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Sara Smith.