I have taught at CCA since 1998 in the First Year Program (2D, 3D, and Drawing), Graduate Fine Arts, and in selected UDIS courses. I'm somewhere between a sculptor and a painter, designer, writer, and fine artist.
An alumna of CCA from a zillion years ago, I love this place and wholly believe in art education and the mission of CCA as effective in helping people find success and have sustainably creative lives. Teaching is something that I love to be part of, and the students at CCA are some of the best I've worked with.
I've given presentations on teaching in national forums and like to think of teaching as an evolving skill. I thrive on change.
About my professional work, the Viral Series begins with a single unit that morphs, replicates, accumulates until a critical mass of form emerges. Through sculptural elements, shadows, paint, and drawing, I hope to relay concepts of growth and to suggest interpretive polarities. For example, these pieces reference the beauty of pattern in swirling leaves, seeds, insects, or flocks of birds, but are also imbued with an undertow of unrest also indicating patterns in viral growth, insect swarms, or spiraling galactic collisions. I'm interested in this dichotomy, both the beauty of and the fear of nature.
The Geographies Series references views of aerial landscapes and infers the cultural positioning and mediation inherent to perception of one’s environment. I think that everyone navigates with an internal map that grids off logical compartments of experience from the wilderness of emotions. Globalization has a peculiar effect of simultaneously reinforcing and dissolving boundaries. I am always amazed by the experience of flying and the connectedness of spaces that seem so separate when on the ground.
Represented by Elins Eagle Smith Gallery at 49 Geary in San Francisco and Erickson Fine Art in Healdsburg, California.