I utilize non-traditional materials and exhibition spaces, explore social concerns and community engagement through drawing, installation, performance and public art projects.  I use a sewing machine for much of my practice, for the mark it helps me make and also for the way it embeds ideas of repair and connection into my work. Connecting visual imagery to public actions is an integral component of my practice. 

After graduating from The Evergreen State College, I pursued my passion for politics by working as a community organizer for a range of social justice organizations and campaigns. This work informs and influences the process and content of my art today.  Receiving my MFA from the U of MN immersed me in experimentation, cross-disciplinary collaboration and social engagement.

I have exhibited widely in the Twin Cities, regionally and nationally.  I am the grateful recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board grants, a fellowship from the Walker Art Center Open Field and I maintain an active studio practice in NE Minneapolis. I am proud to be a professor of painting and drawing at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN.

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