Graduate Student Profile
After growing up in Wylie, Texas, I earned a B.A. in theology from Criswell College in Dallas and an M.A. in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. With Daniel Bernard Gray, I co-directed the nonprofit Zosima Gallery in San Marcos, Texas, from 2011 to 2015. I will complete my M.F.A. at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2018. I live and work in Dallas, Texas.
Between my runs as a student, I've been a preschool teacher, news reporter and photographer, barista, backpacker, IRS numberer, office manager, writer, editor, social media coordinator, curator and lecturer. Art has become my true vocation through a continual process of making, questioning, and asking for help. It is the edgeless umbrella under which my many interests meet.
My creative practice incorporates video, photography, poetry, installation and curatorial projects that address revisionist narratives within a cross-disciplinary humanist framework. I address gender roles; the relationship between humanity and technology; stereotypes and bias in history; and social, racial and educational inequality. I see art as the most inclusive form of intellectual activity and public discourse, and the form most capable of dealing with the preverbal, sublime and bewildering experiences of life.
I rely on a wide variety of materials and environments. I work outdoors in specific locations because those places are meaningful, inhabited by history and material presence. I include found objects, common building supplies, and appropriated media that conjure important affiliations. I involve members of the public to crowd-source creativity and illustrate a multiplicity of perspectives. In probing the process of narrative revision, I contribute to the global dialog about our shared humanity and how we simultaneously create, control, color and consume the world around us.