My current body of work focuses on the encroachment of humankind on the natural environment. Through installation and individual objects, it is my intent to monumentalize and bring awareness to this phenomena. Along with traditional sculptural media, I often re-purpose natural and found materials to elevate concept as well as provide examples of what can be made simply with what is lying around us.
Syracuse University (2015) Independent study semester in ceramic sculpture. Hartwick College (2014) Bachelors of Arts, major in studio arts with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics. University of Georgia (2013) Semester abroad in Cortona, Italy through the university's art department.
Teaching Artist Experience
Through the Arts Extravaganza Day workshop offered to 8th graders at Farragut Middle School, I introduced students to basic sculptural ceramics techniques. At Hastings High School, I taught a week-long workshop on surface activation techniques on clay including toner resist transfer printing. As part of Jo-Ann's Fabrics and Crafts Education team, I led craft workshops for all ages, mostly in fiber-based materials (knitting and crochet). While working at the New York State Summer School of the Arts as a residential life counselor, my peers and I were encouraged to facilitate creatively challenging programming for students as well as perform in-studio demos on various techniques. As a teaching artist with ArtsWestchester, I worked with students grades 1-8 at an after-school, Westhab Bridge Academy at School 13, Yonkers. In celebration of community, students molded, carved, stamped and painted individual clay tiles which were arranged to create a garden mosaic. At Edward Williams Elementary School, I integrated the math and ELA curriculum with ceramics and introduced 4-6th graders to hand-built ceramics. Students learned various applications in clay including hand-building techniques (slab construction and coil), surface activation, carving, mixing glazes and commercial glazes. Grades 3-4 created pinch pots as part of a social studies lesson on Native American, Mexican and South American cultures. At Grace Plaza, I introduced to seniors new crafting methods through the use of mixed media materials. I taught adults at WJCS Mt. Vernon various art activities including blind contour drawings, clay, watercolor painting, color blocking, collage, origami, beading and more.