For as long as I can remember, my dad has traversed the high seas aboard massive container ships. As a merchant mariner, he ventures out twice a year, four months at a time on journeys of commerce, bringing goods to and from ports around the world. Growing up, my family life revolved around these seasons permeated with his presence and his absence. I often fantasized about his journeys; the adventures he had, the people he met, and the mysteries he encountered fueled my overactive imagination and fostered my own sense of curiosity and exploration. While I climbed trees and built forts, the ocean was always an anchor, existing as a space of mystery and possibility at the periphery of my consciousness. As an artist, my work is informed by this early relationship to the sea and frames the ocean as a potential site of fantasy and open possibility. I often look to the sea as an infinite space of speculation, confronting the unknown and to daydream about the possibilities that exist within the physical and emotional massiveness of the sea.
I studied art at University of Puget Sound and University of Oregon and proceeded to continue my research on speculation and daydreaming in artist residencies in Norway, Portugal, and Texas. My search for access to the ocean has been pervasive and I moved to Seattle in 2014 to be near the ocean and continue my daydreams of venturing out to sea. My work has been shown in Seattle at Gallery 4Culture, Center on Contemporary Art, Shunpike’s Storefront Project, Recology Cleanscape’s Artist in Resident Program, and next year at Method Gallery. I have taught various sculpture, ceramics, and drawings courses at University of Oregon, The University of Texas at El Paso, and Edmonds Community College and was recently selected as the ArtBridge Fellow at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like a voyage around the world aboard a ship in search of sea monsters is going to present itself anytime soon, so I find solace in my practice of speculative mapping by building models of ships, whales, and the various accoutrements of daydreaming.