I am a painter, photographer, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist based in Atlanta, Georgia.
The work evolved out of interest in ways of seeing (perspectives), and cultural lineage and identity. Other qualities come from materials used in the process of making. Since 1994 I have been employing the paradigm of interiors; to create a kitchen, a vestibule, a hallway, or a photographer's studio, illustrating how identity is a process influenced by evolving histories- enacted in domestic life. I use the following practices creating objects to install in the rooms/stage sets— and as stand-alone works: paintings on paper and linen, drawings, artist books, handmade cameras, photographs (using analog and new technologies), short films, sculptures using clay (hand built and on the wheel).
I received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Over the past 20 years, the work has been included in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. These venues include the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; BIG POND Artworks, Munich, Germany; Artists Space, New York, NY; 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. The work has been critically received and reviewed by numerous publications.
In addition to the studio practice, I sit on the boards of the Forward Arts Foundation, the Fulton County Arts Council, and the Cherokee Garden Library, advocating for artists and arts organizations.
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta represents the image-based work. Forthcoming exhibitions; Marisa Newman Projects, New York, the City of Atlanta Gallery 72, and The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center-curated by Pujan Gandhi.
The Atlanta Studio is in an area historically known as Snake Nation: a name of unknown derivation was used by the public press during the late-1840s and early 1850s to identify "a settlement along Peters Street from the railroad crossing South Fair Street (that was) devoted almost entirely to the criminal and immoral element." Franklin Garrett confirms in his Atlanta and Environs. "Snake Nation was the tenderloin district of the young town for many years." He also commented that law and order were perilously close to extension by 1851. The Atlanta City Council was in deep distress about the faro dens, cockfighting, drinking, prostitution, thievery, and murderous environments. When the 'Orderly' party won the election for mayor, a large body of disguised Atlantans raided Snake Nation and tried to burn it down. The building-Stable 1897, which houses the studio, escaped the fire.