Hello friends,
Hope summer is starting to loosen and warm you!

It has been a long while since my last update, and although a well-timed newsletter chock-full of great content might still be out of my reach, I want to stay in touch and give you some quick news from the studio. 

Please enjoy a few recent highlights from the past year and holler back with your own!

The biggest news from my studio is probably Mattress Beauties, a new series and the title of my current solo show at Helmut Space in Leipzig Germany. I traveled with the work on a super fun trip to Germany for its installation and a memorable vernissage on April 26, where we had vegan Pink Lady-inspired cocktails as well as a mattress-themed playlist rocking the space.

The closing of the show is May 22 at 20:00, which, if you're in Germany and reading this soon, is likely TONIGHT! I can't be there, but if you or a pal can come by, the doors will be open. All are welcome to attend.

The figures in the work are sourced from vintage, print mattress advertisements, and I combined drawing, digital prints on fabric, and found materials by sewing onto grounds of discarded mattress fabric in a quilt-like format. I was thinking about the untenable relationships the images suggest between women, men, labor, and objects. More writing (and making) to come, but until then a few photos of the installation view.

Image above, bottom right: Courtesy of Izabela Kałduńska, badass musician who graciously performed her own bed-related compositions at the Mattress Beauties vernissage @ Helmut on April 26



a village of installations at FATVillage Project Space, curated by the C3 Collective January-April 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

My contribution to the art "village" was SHED, inspired by gendered sites of escape like the "man-cave" or the "she-shed". Rather than representing one or the other, SHED fluctuates between various opposites, supporting an experience of unresolved tension and mystery that encourages a deeper investigation of cultural binaries. 

You can learn more about the exhibition and a few of the other exhibiting artists in this short segment from a recent ArtLoft episode, a production of South Florida PBS.

Special shout out to all the Craigslist/OfferUp people who dealt with me from afar and especially Ollie, who ultimately came through with this beautiful hunk of metal! And Charlie, who adopted it after the show closed.  Thanks also to the Bucknell Arts Council, who supported this work through a one-time research grant.
Images above courtesy of Lisa Rockford

Last June, Jonathan Frey and I had a blast collaborating and working as Research Fellows at the Curtis G. Lloyd Library in Cincinnati, OH.

Our project, Posters for the Plantblind, resulted in three finished poster designs (including Pantry Poster above) a foray into street art, an artist's talk at the library, an essay in the latest issue of Lloydiana, a renewed love and appreciation of plants and all things Cincinnati, and a lot of ideas for future collaborations.

In May 2018, I installed the third rendition of The Overgrown Garden at the Spartanburg Museum of Art in Spartanburg SC for the invitational group exhibition Off the Wall. I met several talented new artist-friends, gave a short artist's talk in the gallery, and got to drive an enormous moving van full of furniture.

Lastly, I'll mention that I tried my hand at an essay on surfaces and their importance in my work, which you can read here in Issue 45 of Antennae: The Journal of Visual Culture in Nature. 

I hope this wasn't too much to handle.
I deeply appreciate your interest and support along the way. 

All best,
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