Curiosity, questioning, and phenomenological confusion causes me to create. The studio is a place to test hypotheses on process, material, or concept, through research, trial, and subsequent analysis of the viewer’s reaction to a piece. The process is a headspace to personally consider how to interact with other entities as a body and to question the relationship to myself through development of memories.
A significant personal paradigm shift is causing the motives and intentions of the human race to be questioned. The realization that humans are inherently selfish framed altruism as implausible, but my stubborn curiosity has not settled. Thus, the work has become a testing grounds for Daniel Batson’s empathy-altruism hypothesis. Influenced by psychological research, the current work considers the empirical research on empathetic response. As it is suggested, both episodic memory and references to the body are precursors to empathy.
The work constructs memories, juxtaposing “real” and recognizable imagery with obscurity and dilution, and, in the process, questions their epistemology. The fragmental and constructed memories are designed to include references to the body either in form, subject, or material and experiments with sensory stimuli to evoke physiological reactions. As art is a pursuit of understanding, the work investigates how to tighten connections between our diverse human conditions.
The work remains interdisciplinary with high attention to process and material. The psyche is drawn to technical, repetitive processes that require precision and many tests. Once the process is understood, divergence and experimentation with the process begins. Concern for the memories of materials, their relation to the body, and research on the neural processing of multisensory work allows for manipulation of the holistic experience and targeted empathetic response. Material as multisensory stimuli is reduced to its most universal form to create memories that the collective can empathise with.
Assisted teaching an art camp at St. Croix Lutheran High School in 2014
Web design and graphic artist for St. Croix Lutheran High School newspaper in 2014-2015
"Are You Satisfied?" nominated honorable mention in the Scholastic Art Awards, 2014
"Are You Satisfied?" awarded “Best of Show” in the Bethany Art Show in 2015
Commissioned to create a sculpture for the St. Croix Lutheran dormitory in 2015
Displayed as a “Featured Artist” at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, 2015
Art Camp Teacher at St. Croix Lutheran High School, 2016
"Decay" won "Best of Show" and "Popular Vote" at Culpeper Art Awards, 2016
Artist in Residence at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, November-December 2016
Minnesota Children’s Museum, 2015
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 2015-2016
The Hoffman Center, 2016- present
Northern Sparks Volunteer, 2016
Walker Art Center, 2015- present