Upcoming events:20 Years of SOFA
at Jean Albano Gallery
November 1 December 28, 2013Reception November 1, 2013, 5:00 to 7 p.m.
With a focus on artistry and craftsmanship, SOFA CHICAGO and Jean Albano Gallery have a shared aesthetic for promoting exemplary talent locally, nationally and internationally. 20 Years of SOFA
mines and explores this rich history and talent the gallery has shared throughout its patronage of the fair.
Booth 427 at SOFA
Navy Piers Festival Hall, November 13, 2013Opening Night Preview Thursday, October 31 from 5 to 9 p.m.SOFA
, the worlds foremost art fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design, marks its 20th annual presentation with an increase in international exhibitors, highlighting an eclectic array of art from around the globe. 70 international galleries from 11 countries will bring design, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, fiber, and metal.
at left: Eastern Hideout (after Scurlock)
"The mind and the terrain shape each other: every landscape is a landscape of desire to some degree..."
I focus on conflating the spaces we inhabit: landscape, architecture, bodies, and minds. My work merges social and scientific boundaries; hidden patterns like topography, weather patterns, and bodily systems provide inspiration for my site-specific installations and drawings. I draw from the histories and structures of textiles, geography, biology, and architecture to create objects and images that are deliberately imperfect, somewhat slippery in form, and occasionally ragged around the edges. I am interested in inverting things and turning them inside out. I enjoy playing with scale.
In my work, drawing becomes a dimensional, tactile action. I draw with dye-based inks on paper, and also with thread and wire, modeling and sculpting the pliable into something solid. I create drawing-based installations, with stitching on the surface of cloth (a gesture that also binds the layers together) and with lengths of wire inserted into drywall to create hybridized topographical map/sculptures. In my installations, the sum of the parts is greater than any individual gesture.
Topology, sewing, and elements of mapping underscore the parallels between the structures and functions of the human body, architecture, and the landscape. I invite viewers to cross unseen boundaries and discover new territories while exploring the sense of touch in a visual way.