Modification is defined as an adjustment in form or a partial alteration. As an artist I am interested in the modification of different objects, materials, and forms. For me I find the process of modification to be satisfying. Watching the transformation from start to finish is just as rewarding for me as the final product. The preexisting function of an object can be interesting, but it becomes something new and exciting with the rebirth created through modification and humor.
My work navigates the topics of food production, kitchen convenience, transportation, and car culture through the creation of unique kitchen and tableware “gadgets”. Created from toys made in the U.S.A. during the 50’s 60’, they represent some of the innovative models in agricultural equipment and transportation of the period. During this very same time there were a great number of kitchen appliances and utensils that were revolutionizing work in the kitchen. These two aspects are then juxtaposed though the process of modification. The function of each toy is reassigned through various modifications into an object of convenience for the table or kitchen. By creating these objects from toys modeled after equipment used in the many processes of food production, I am able to reference an aspect of what it took for your food to get to you.
I received my BFA in metalsmithing and jewelry from Northern Illinois University in 2008 and my MFA in metalsmithing from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2012. My work has been exhibited nationally at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Indianapolis Art Center, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Wayne Art Center in Wayne Pennsylvania, Fancy Gallery in Seattle, Charak Gallery in St. Louis Missouri, Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Texas, and Center for the Visual Arts in Denton Texas.