ABOUT

photo by Brenda Hernandez

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I am the current Director for State of the Art, an art subscription service and Chair of Agitator Co-operative Gallery.  I am an Adobe Certified Expert and teach at various schools in Chicago.

Above all, I make art.

ARTIST STATEMENT
February, 2017

I question, research and reason with big subjects like death, quantum physics, consciousness, all of which embody the unknown. This gives me a plethora of space for exploration and interpretation. I interweave everyday banal experiences with the multi-discipline research creating conclusions with scientific validation. In my zine, Compression in Interpretation, 2016, I analyze the physics Blue Shift to explain loss in information while communicating.

In organizing my research I construct formulas or techniques with which I apply material parameters for making bodies of artwork. The organization is not to categorize or place labels but is where I find my process. Some of these formulas include but are not limited to stream-of-conscious writing, graphical or gestural text paintings and drawings, abstract equations, short videos, zines, mixed media sculptural pieces and installations. The bodies of work range from densely layered to lighthearted, playful concepts.

I also have a persona within street art that is an 8-bit digital heart stenciled with red and blue paint representing the anatomical heart in a technology obsessed world.

I currently reside in Chicago, Illinois where I received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago in 2012. I received a BFA in Photography from Indiana University in 2003.

 

Self Portrait Series, 2015-2017

photo by 9 Muses Photography