Artist Statement

Our bodies are inhabited by our surroundings while our bodies inhabit our land. There is no such thing as a closed system. By domesticating the land, we have separated ourselves from the natural ecological systems. Concrete and steel suffocate the soil and form conduit drainage systems. When it rains, the water mixes with bio-waste and the un-treated sewage is discharged into the rivers of the New York harbor making our urban landscape a hazardous depository. These are my materials.

My work can take on either a violent or restorative connotation. Albert Einstein said, “All our lauded technology, our very civilization, is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal”. The violence of the industrial age must move into a healing period.

Our environment is inside us as we breathe, drink and even hear; it has a physiological and mental affect on us. I like to see my work as personified bodies or systems that eat, sleep, breath and shit.

Through aesthetic attraction, I invite people into a discourse of urban development and its effects on natural resources. I collect discarded goods such as, charred architecture beams, steel, shredded office documents and plastic containers. Other material like plant seeds gives a sense of hope through phytoremediation. I use languages of painting, sculpture, photography, video and audio. They grow or perish or simply transform through their own system. The process is unavoidable.

Cirriculum Vitae

2014   Masters of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2007   Bachelors of Fine Arts, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT

Exhibitions, Solo

2017   Green Loft, Toxic – Non-toxic, Salt Lake City, UT
2016   Scissor and Bone, Salt and Charcoal, Orem, UT
2010   Woodbury Art Museum, After Vermont, Orem, UT
2009   Painted Temple, Crumbled Concoctions, Provo, UT
2008   Mode Gallery, Take it off, Provo, UT
2007   Painted Temple, Entresol, Provo, UT
2006   Painted Temple, Seducing Sedation, Provo, UT
2005   Chapman Library, Sedated Earth Bound, Salt Lake City, UT
2004   401 Gallery, Sedated Earth Bound, Orem, UT
2004   Day-Riverside Library, Sedated Earth Bound, Salt Lake City, UT
2003   Katz Gallery, Archaic Earth, Provo, UT
2001   Atrium Gallery, Bright Sedated Textures, Salt Lake City, UT

Exhibitions, Group

2017   Nox Contemporary, Moment, Salt Lake City, UT
2017   Encircle, LGBTQIA Support, Provo, UT
2016   Sundance Resort Art Studio, Sundance, UT
2016   Boxcar Gallery, Fall Gala, Provo, UT
2015   W83 Gallery, Bearing Image, New York City, NY
2013   Dekalb Gallery, process on-going, Brooklyn, NY
2011    Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010   Hive Gallery, Christmas for Honduras Art Auction, Salt Lake City, UT
2010   Art Santa Fe Festival, Santa Fe, NM
2010   Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010   “A” Gallery, Group Show, Salt Lake City, UT
2009   Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2009   F-Stop Gallery, Crust, Provo UT
2009   Painted Temple, Pot Heads, A Joint Showing of Head Studies and Pottery, Provo UT
2008   Covey Center for the Arts, Freedom Festival, Provo, UT
2008   Utah Count Art Gallery, Spring Show, Provo, UT
2008   Woodbury Museum, BFA Grad Show, Orem UT
2008   “A” Gallery, Group Show, Salt Lake City, UT
2007   Pickle Company, Alternative Student Art Show, Salt Lake City, UT
2007   Woodbury Museum, Art for Life, Orem, UT
2007   Thanksgiving Point Gallery, On Going, Lehi, UT
2007   Meyer Gallery, Utah Art Students Juried Show, Park City, UT

Collection’s, Public
Utah Valley University, Presidents Collection, Orem, UT
Woodbury Museum, Permanent Collection, Orem, UT

Collection’s, Private
Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Utah, Washington

2009   Salt Lake Tribune: Death | Birth | Life, July 12
2007   Warp and Weave Magazine
2008   Touchstone Magazine
2005   Touchstone Magazine

Awards, Honors and Scholarships
2014   Excellence in Academic Achievement of Pratt Institute
2014   Circle Award, Pratt Institute
2012   Graduate Scholarship, Pratt Institute
2009   Vermont Studio Center, Partial Grant
2007   Meyer Gallery, Utah Art Students Juried Show, 2nd Place

Public Speaking
2010   Woodbury Museum
2010   UVU for Oil Painting II
2006   UVU for Oil Painting I
2003   UVU for Oil Painting I

Additional Edu.
2009   Private Figure Study with Patrick Devonas
2009   Vermont Studio Center, artist residency

2013   Mathew Barney, River of Fundament
2011   Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, painted the work of Kim Schoenstadt
2008   Utah Arts Festival
2004   Sundance Film Festival
2003   Sundance Film Festival