Artist Statement and CV
My photographs are rooted in the study of self and I examine my experiences and perceptions in a visceral way to sift through meanings. I draw inspiration from my surroundings, attempting to capture fluctuations in both my environment and my psyche. Elements of transition are also explored through a layering process to reveal a self-realization. Reminiscent of other artist whose images question identity and self, such as Nikki S. Lee, Francesca Woodman, and Kelli Connell, I deconstruct and reform my identity before the camera. Through aesthetics, dualistic emotions are evoked; loss and uncertainty are paralleled with those of comfort and familiarity.
I manipulate images in a multi-disciplined manner as I explore these dynamics. Stemming from an interest in compositing various art forms, I often begin with photography as the root of an exploration and integrate it with other mediums as the project expands. The surrealist artists, writers, and film makers have also been a source of inspiration. My compositions are structured to reveal a mediation on my subconscious. Working primarily with a muted color palette allows my images to retain a soft, ethereal quality and to reference the subliminal and impulsive. My work aims to narrate a transformation and serves as a reminder that change is resolute.
M.F.A., Studio Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2015.
B.F.A., Studio Art, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, May 2011.
Selected Shows and Juried Exhibitions:
City ArtWorks' Teachers Art Exhibition, The Cloister, August, 2016. Instructor Exhibition. Curator: Rolando Reyna.
Fotofest International and Literacy Through Photography's FotoFinish, Silver Street Studios, Houston Texas, May 14, 2016. Instructor Exhibition. Curator: Rebecca J. Hopp.
12th Annual Art Melt, Louisiana State Museum, July 24 - August 27, 2015. Juried Exhibition. Jurors: Patty Ortiz (National), Keene Kopper (Regional), Kitty Pheney (Local).
This Is My Attempt To Hold On, Glassel Gallery, May 9 - May 17, 2015. Solo Exhibtion. Prospect.3+Baton Rouge, The Walls Project Art & Design Center, October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015.
Malleable Language, Foster Gallery, January 28 - February 28, 2014. Exhibition displaying pieces that explore language as a result of pairings between the MFA poetry department and MFA visual art department.
One Eye Shut, Hammond Regional Arts Center, October 4-26, 2013. Curated by LSU School of Art Photography Professor, Thomas Neff.
10th Annual Art Melt, Louisiana State Museum, July 19-20, 2013. Juried Exhibition. Jurors: Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker (National), Susan Edwards (Regional), Jordana Pomeroy (Local).
Color It Red, Red Dog News Online, February 14, 2013. Juried Exhibition. Honorable Mention.
State of Mind, Moudy North Gallery and Hallways at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas, April 18 - April 24, 2011. Curated by Christina Reese.
Hunting Art Prize, Finalist, Hunting PLC, Houston, Texas, May 1st 2010, Two-tiered jury process, National Exhibition.
ArtSlam, Moudy North Hallways at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas, April 19 - April 22, 2010, Curated by Christian Reese.
Peripheral, The Gallery at Landers Machine Shop, Fort Worth, Texas, March 27 - April 18, 2010, Work by the Texas Christian University.
2nd Annual Art Org Show, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, Spring 2010, Jurors: Nate Glaspie, Christoph Trendel, Adeniyi T. Olagunju.
2009 9x12 Works on Paper, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, December 4 - December 29, 2009.
ArtSlam, Moudy North Hallways at Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas, April 3 - April 7, 2009. Juror: Gavin Morrison.
1st Annual Art Org Show, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Spring 2009, Juror: Joel Kieser.
(Pending) Lecture for students and professors on taking telescopic images, Department of Physics, Trinity University, Spring 2018.
Speaker at SPE Regional Conference, Panel: Exploring Community through Photography, October 14, 2016.
Guest Artist Presentation of Thesis and Current work, San Jacinto College South, October 8, 2015.
Artist Presentation for collaborative work with Muriel Leung, LSU English Graduate Student Association's Annual Conference, Trans-AM :: Losing/Becoming Self, Feb. 12-13, 2015.
"One Eye Shut" artist talk at the Lunch Lecture Series at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, October 10, 2013.
Awards and Grants:
Semi Finalist, Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2013, Photography.
Recipient of an ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Grant, recipients receive a paid internship for working with a nonprofit community organization. Louisiana State University Museum of Art, May 2013 - August 2013.
Recipient of a full tuition waiver, assistantship position and 50% stipend, Louisiana State University, Fall 2012 - Spring 2015.
Recipient of a Nordan Art Scholarship, Texas Christian University. Spring 2009 - Spring 2011.
TCU Honor Society of Artist and Designers. Texas Christian University. Fall 2009- Spring 2011.
Academic All-American, College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Fall 2009 - Spring 2011.
TCU Academic Scholarship Recipient, Texas Christian University. Fall 2007 - Spring 2011.
Poster design for Dream Logos, LSU Theatre Department, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2018
Poster design for Savage/Love, LSU Theatre Department, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2016
Cover image for Bone Confetti, Muriel Leung, 2015
Poster design for Origin, LSU Theatre Department, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2014