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Fragliche Chemie, 2012
Ink Jet Prints and original Collage, Drawing, and Watercolor, 6 x 9 inches, Edition of 20. $600





Slick, 2012
Artist Book, Rubber (Petroleum Refinery Gaskets) with relief and silkscreen prints from Gulf Coast plants, refinery photographs, and marine life images, 7.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 inches, Edition of 20. $600





Slick, 2012
Stop Motion Animation, DVD, Included in Book (above) or separate, Open Edition. $40





The Woods Within, 2010
Woodcut, Drypoint, and Silkscreen, Edition of 5, 14.75 x 22 inches, Paper Fabriano Rosapina 19.5 x 26 inches, Triptych 19.5 x 78 inches, $300 each, Set $800




The Woods Within




Mariposa Machismo, 2008
Wall installation: Mixed Media: MDF and Suede Paper Forms with Silkscreened Text, Sand, and Copper Powder, 240 x 120 x ½ inches. $6000


Sculptural Mariposas


Paper Mariposas


Persama and Medusin, 2009
Comic Book, Off-Set Lithography (from the originals in collage, drawing, and watercolor), number 1 from an edition of 50, 8.5 x 11 inches. $18


Statement

In the project Slick, I am interested in examining the effects of the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast. In the summer of 2010, I made a trip to Louisiana to document the situation there. I shot a film short using stop motion animation on several state park beaches and bayous near the effected areas. Personally, I grew up on the beaches of south Florida and I frequent the Texas beaches now. The health of the oceans is an important issue that influences my studio work.

I consulted with a geologist in Houston, who works for one of the major oil companies, on the situation in the Gulf. He recommended using oil-based materials like MP grease for the film. I eventually substituted petroleum jelly mixed with oil paint, as a less toxic alternative. I wanted the film to have a hand-done quality. Many of the oil companies may be “slick” but my film is not. It has a retro look using vintage clothing styles and advertisements. The narrative is loosely based on the Deepwater Horizon accident but veers into fantasy paralleling Japan’ s Godzilla films that addressed nuclear radiation mutations. A recurring theme in my work is the idea of the “other”. the person who society chooses to ostracize. Through no fault of her own, the heroine in my film is marginalized as an aberration…. a monster. San Antonio-based electronic pop band Hyperbubble and Austin harmonica player, Daniel Kaplan, also contributed sound tracks. The film comes with a limited edition book that is printed on rubber gaskets used in petroleum refineries. Proceeds from sales will partially go to non-profit environmental organizations.

The Woods Within is inspired by my time in Finland while on a Fulbright grant in 2007. In this piece, I abstract the woods into a graphic tableau that encompasses and even oppresses the viewer, much as the endless nights do that far north. It addresses a psychological state relative to the body politic and internalized desire. The writings of Herman Hesse in Steppenwolf were also of great influence.

Mariposa Machismo is a project involving South Texas in the summer and fall of 2006 and is still ongoing to a lesser extent. A multitude of brown snout-nosed butterflies were generated by the unusual climate circumstances of extreme drought followed by torrential rains. Global warming was most likely a contributing factor. Curiously, 95% of them were male. It’s ironic in a state that does not exactly support alternative lifestyles; millions of male butterflies were flitting and flirting everywhere. The term “Mariposa” is also street lingo for homosexual in Mexico. The wall installation documents this unusual phenomena while examining the historical and current social implications of male butterfly bonding. Butterflies have also typically been associated with the ideals of femininity in the West. The butterflies are rendered on MDF board and suede paper, that has been rubbed with copper powder, and silkscreened using sand for a textural effect. Mariposa Machismo offers an enlightened glimpse into the little before known underground culture of brown snout-nosed butterflies. This project continues an ongoing discourse in my work concerning the intersections of gender, nature, myth, and identity.

In Persama and Medusin, I am using art as a means towards political satire. I have always had a fascination with mythology from around the world. This project is a revisionist tale of the Greek hero, Perseus, who slays the monster Medusa. The story acts as a tongue in cheek metaphor about the most recent American presidential election with Barack Obama as Perseus and Sarah Palin as Medusa. Most of the other characters were deliberate choices, such as Dick Cheney as a stinky sea monster, while some were arbitrary, like Dolly Parton as a sexy nymph or Billie Jean King as Medusa’s bereaved sister. Nonetheless, the end message is a serious statement of hope for Obama’s adminstration. In terms of being a printmaker, there is a long history of social protest art with artists such as George Grosz, and the Dada collage work of Hannah Hoch. This specific project is a contemporary follow-up on these precedents.

Biography

I was recently included in Brooklyn’s Central Booking show, Chemical Reactions. I returned from Germany, last summer where I had a solo show at Werk-Statt-Galerie in Mönchengladbach and was part of a group show at Arthouse Tacheles in Berlin. In 2007, I visited Finland while on a Fulbright Scholar grant. I had a solo show at the Nelimarkka Museo in Alajärvi, Finland and the Fulbright Center in Helsinki. In addition, I was awarded a travel grant by Art Pace, San Antonio. I have also been awarded a Brooklyn Artist Grant and a Houston Cultural Arts Council Grant. I worked for the Lower East Side Printshop in New York and the Houston Fine Arts Press in Houston, Texas. In addition, I have designed nationally award winning exhibits for science museums. I am an MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a BFA graduate from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. I presently am on the fine arts faculty at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas.

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