I have made art for playgrounds, large and small wall installations that include painted imagery and embedded objects, drawings, collages, paintings, jewelry, collective art for protests, and my own interpretation of tapestries.
Much of this artwork is a combination of psychedelic collage, quilts, botanical illustration and Americana that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. Like insects stuck in a spider web, sentimental and natural objects, litter and other ephemera are embedded into the surfaces of my drawings, tapestries, paintings and sculptures with obsessive stitching, fungus-like raised patterns, finely painted lines and other repetitive motifs that flow between two and three dimensions. Bound together masses disperse into fantastical and realistically rendered narratives reminiscent of childhood—innocent, deep and reflective at the same time. The hybrid forms are metaphors for the way we connect to ourselves, to each other, and to the planet. Often I reference articles, writers and publications that highlight information that gets lost in the noise of our fast paced culture.
I received a BFA in 1992 from The Cooper Union in New York City, and an MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, NY in 2004. In 2001 I received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for sculpture. My work has been the subject of six one-woman shows, and I have shown my work extensively, primarily in New York City. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY, with my partner (artist, illustrator, graphic novelist, and musician) Gideon Kendall and my son Milo. You can see my playground art at J.J. Byrne Playground and Underhill Playground both in Brooklyn.
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