I make work on-site, in places where community interaction and cooperation happen. This includes community gardens, parks, and residential areas. I create catalogs of onsite collages. Then I spend time in the studio making quilts, textile paintings, and soft sculptures referencing the collages. Then I create interactive works mainly, interactive soft sculpture installations. Viewers create their own landscapes with soft sculptures, arranging their own compositions. The work encourages play, accessibility, and joy, something that I feel the art world could have more of.
My professional experience includes working with multiple GSO entities to design curriculums and teach art. I’ve had fun at the Artist Bloc’s glow party, and volunteering for Darlene McClinton in painting murals in downtown Greensboro. I was a performer in Stacy Kirby’s Bureau of Personal Belonging. I’ve also interned at multiple Gallery spaces in Greensboro. Currently, I am the Art Preparator at Guilford College.
I am a visual artist and creative place maker highly invested in creating community, reimagining places, and making accessible spaces. I connect with the community through observation and interaction. I observe the local landscape creating soft sculptures based on these observations which then become public interactive soft sculpture installations, free-standing soft sculptures, quilts, and mixed media landscapes.
My work makes the general public, artists, and others reconsider how we approach art. We can connect with art directly, without judgment, full of curiosity and play. We can experience joy with gratitude, play with contemplation, and introspection with the everyday. This radical way of experiencing art is a way to make this field sustainable and generous, opening the artist up to strangers, and strangers to the artist.