All of the displayed works (some not shown) were created as a part of my MFA thesis exhibition titled The Good Life (2016).
Titles in order of appearance: Consumption, Left Over, Sometimes The TV Is Like A Lover, Suggested Use (Triptych Part 1), Suggested Use (Triptych Part 2), Suggested Use (Triptych Part 3), To Invite Disaster (Part #2), To Invite Disaster (Part #1), Hiiiiiissssssss, and Beav (not currently shown: Bound and Tagged and False Advertising).
In this printed work, I visually equate human experience and behavior with that of animals, often with the use of pertinent puns and idioms, such as a fox guarding the hen house, or a wolf in sheep's clothing. These formal depictions of humans, animals, and sculptural forms, undermine the contradictions and boundaries between person and thing, animal and object, humanity and nature. All are viewed as potential possessions in a consumer-based culture.
All of the works included in this image gallery were created as a part of my MFA thesis exhibition titled The Good Life (2016).
Titles in order of appearance: Domesticated Bear #1, Domesticated Boar #1, Domesticated Fox #2, Domesticated Bobcat #5, Domesticated Coyote #3, Domesticated Bobcat #6, Domesticated Coyote #2, and Domesticated Deer #3.
Within the sculptural works I am depicting wild animals absorbed and ejected by consumer culture. I have clothed, or covered, each of my taxidermy animal forms in lush fabrics and decorative materials that are meant to reference various goods associated with being considered a desirable woman, or a desirably furnished home. By attempting to embrace the aesthetics of consumerism within fine art, my work endeavors to take representations of personal worth, such as taxidermy, beyond the discussion of vitality and validity and into the realm of collective cultural indoctrination. In this way the taxidermy forms represent the nature of alleged high-class consumerism, and our desire to acquire the best, most beautiful products that will showcase our worth.
These pieces were created during a month long residency at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. What sparked its creation was a fascination with high-end commodity culture, and its generation of a trophy venerating society. In this particular case represented with rapper grillz, made into a visual pun of grilled meat.
MFA Sculptural Work: material explorations.
MFA Sculptural Works
Second semester art object explorations.
MFA Second year lithographic triptych
MFA second year exhibition diptych
MFA First year explorations
MFA Sculptural Work: this piece has lithographic pronto plate prints adhered to its midriff.
BFA thesis exhibition installation images
the silkscreen printing on the wall was created and printed by my show partner Rachel Gressley.