i used to call myself a painter. i walked around with paint on my jeans and t-shirts. someone once said that my paintings were about space. come to think of it, i was always obsessed with light and space.
taking pictures of formal elements has been an ongoing practice. photos are a form of note-taking, including the documentation of space and how it functions in our everyday.
i was an art handler for over nineteen years. i started noticing mounds of work in storage facilities and piles of wasted materials from exhibitions. this got me thinking about the things i made and how i needed to be more environmentally critical, as well as practical, about storage.
my first installation was created in 2001. i have created installations of varying scale and material ever since. these slowly morphed from studio productions into site-responsive interventions, where all materials were collected, and all new pieces were created, on-site. i began working with space and material in a way that seemed to align with my emerging apprehensions about the environment.
i am at a place where i could continue to create work in the same ways i have, waiting for a space, then creating an intervention which visually converses with a predetermined audience. this thought makes me feel unsettled. a new vulnerability has entered my practice. i am challenging my tropic gestures and actions to their core. this means that i continually rethink movements i make in and out of the studio and how they might reverberate beyond myself. i am even now unsettled with space. what is it? what is it not? maybe most importantly, who it is for?
today, my art practice pushes me to create installations, performances, sounds — and sometimes drawings or paintings. i curate exhibitions and develop arts programming, i develop and teach courses. my work involves getting to know the spaces i occupy, understanding the impact of my movements — on the environment and on community members — and respecting those who have come before me. together, we build collaborative experiences inside and outside the fine art space. today i call myself a human, a citizen, a community member — these all fall under my role as an artist.