I am a painter, photographer, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist based in Atlanta, Georgia.
The work questions perspectives of inheritance, culture, ritual, and tradition. Other related qualities come from the materials used and the slow process of making. To illustrate evolving identities, influenced by changing histories, as enacted in domestic life, I employ the paradigm of interiors to create a kitchen, a vestibule, a hallway, or a photographer's studio. To create objects to install in these rooms/stage sets— and for stand-alone works-- I make paintings on paper and linen, drawings, artist books, handmade camera obscures, photographs (using analog and new technologies), short films, sculptures of clay (hand built and on the wheel).
I received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Over the past 20 years, the work included in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Exhibitions at 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) have been critically received and reviewed.
In addition to the studio practice, I work on the boards of the Forward Arts Foundation, the Fulton County Arts Council, and the Cherokee Garden Library advocating for artists.
Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta represents the image-based work. Forthcoming 2018 exhibitions; Marisa Newman Projects (New York), the City of Atlanta Gallery 72, Jackson Fine Art (Atlanta) 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.