Artist and art educator for adults with disabilities
Where are you from?
A steel mill town in the Midwest of the United States.
Your style in 3 words?
Whimsical, bodily, humorous.
Depression/anxiety and low self-worth. I’m also quite stubborn at times.
What makes you different?
I constantly work at having self-awareness to better my internal world.
When did you decide to become an artist?
Consciously, I was 25. Before diving into art, I tried out a variety of paths. I worked for a veterinarian, sold natural herbs, vitamins, & marijuana. I was a bartender, began college to study wildlife biology, and learned to teach yoga. I modeled and acted. I was creating throughout all, but it wasn’t until I decided to return to school that I realized that the visual art encompassed what I was seeking – mainly exploration of philosophy and physicality.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process/your work?
I have two – residing in the present moment with no thoughts in your head, only your body’s intelligence acting, and the manifestation of an idea from intangible to materially tangible.
A few words about your favourite creation?
I’ve made some delicious pies in my day.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
I have a huge desire to work on puppets with Wayne White. He’s eccentric and ingenuitive. It began with my love for Pee Wee’s Playhouse – the set, the dialogue, the characters.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
My focus has been on building variations on limbs and appendages. My obsession with body horror films has been emerging more obviously in my work recently.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
2021: Where are we going?
Into the depths of hell.
When the going gets tough…
cry it out.
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
Hopefully not like the depths of hell.
What would you do if you could change the World?
I am changing the world. I do it every day with each interaction and with how I choose to show up.
If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
Tell us about your future plans…
I’m on a mission to simplify my life.
Your city’s favourite spots?
The Northeast Arts District of Minneapolis has several warehouses of artist studios to explore, including mine, within a few blocks of each other.
Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?
Yikes. That question is unfair to all twenty of my favorite songs.
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?
WOOD BABY. Maybe a little smack of gold.