I have had an interest in death and the treatment of the body for as long as I can remember. After the loss of my sister; the subject became increasingly more poignant subject for me. I began to explore the meaning of preserving the body. I am fascinated by Egyptian mummification processes, and the rich history of ancient civilizations treatment of their dead. I try to ask many questions with my work, what relationship do we choose to maintain with the body of our deceased? In death and preservation practices, does the body become more important than the soul? Does the body need to remain, in order to stay connected to our loved ones? The wrapping the body with fabric in ritual ways can evoke powerful emotion, and symbolism. This is why I have included it in my work, as a surface treatment on my figures. During our life time we will all struggle to understand the inevitability of death. I hope to evoke thought, and consideration, for the fragility of life and one’s own mortality with my work.
Kansas City Art Institute 2006 – Present BFA Candidate, Ceramic Sculpture
Timeless Tattoo – Kansas City, MO 2009 – Present Soul Fire Tattoo – Independence, MO 2007 – 2008 Bullwinkles Tattoo – Wichita, KS 2005 – 2006 Duties: customer service, scheduling, custom design, tattoo execution, sales & marketing Century Manufacturing – Wichita, KS 2002 Duties: mold making & casting
Craft In America Virtual Exhibition – Los Angeles, CA 2009 Curator: Carol Savionhttp://www.craftinamerica.org/virtualexhibit/story_467.php Craft In America – Los Angelas, CA 2009 Invitational Show Curator: Carol Savion Thermal Shock – Kansas City, MO 2009 Where There’s Fire 2008 Spring Exhibition 2008 Gallery: Stern Ceramics Building Juried Show Curator: Cary Esser, George Timock Daddy Wants Some Boom Boom – Wichita, KS 2008 Gallery: Firehouse Gallery Group Show Curator: Gregg Turner The Cheesecake Exhibition – Wichita, KS 2006 Gallery: Commerce Gallery Group Show Curator: Christopher Gulick
P.B.S. Documentary – “Process” 2009 Featured artist on the critically acclaimed series Craft in America Producer: Carol Savion