I work between things - virtuality and the body, nature and video games, pregnancy and landscapes.
I've always wanted to be pregnant, it permeates my work. Developmental psychology is a place of comparison to how I experience and interact with virtuality. At early stages in life radical changes to perception, reality, and the self, are in a sensitive flux. Initially there is no Other, and there is no Outside. There is only me. There is no separation, only an enveloping internalization of space. I am the transitional object- a mechanism to transition from an all inclusive ego to the separate reality. I use my body similarly as an intermediary object AND subject, something that is part of the inner self yet also part of a "real"ity.
Within virtuality my conscious-ness lies within an intermediary, liminal position, a ritual of constant becoming between body and mind. Within this crossroads is understanding of both sides. Liminality can be sacred, seductive, and dangerous, and this crossing is not a place, but, like sex, an intersection.
As a long-term competitive video gamer, I've come to understand variations of virtuality through the lens of competition. Documentation of a competitive virtual interaction manifested through involuntary actions of the body frames the experience in a unique manner. At the moment of intensity, the self splits, hovering between two states of being. Through performance I appropriate and exaggerate these residual gestures of immersion through play.
Play is a significant function, yet transcends the immediate needs of life and imparts meaning to an action. It is not reducible to a biological instinct, nor to conscious cognition, and there is an inherent aesthetic quality within it. It is fantasical, and everybody plays.
Culture is play, art is play, and ritual is play. I partake in rituals of constant shifts, becoming other selves. Through this other, virtuality penetrates reality, affecting the body and identity.
This peneration is mutual, both insertive and receptive. I insert myself into virtuality, and I receive virtuality into me. A loving relationship, bigendered, and pregnant.
2014 MFA (candidate) in Fiber & Material, Studies School of the Art Institute of Chicago (expected graduation: May 2014)
2011 BFA in Studio Art (Painting), University of Louisiana at Lafayette Louisiana State University
April 26–May 14, 2014 MFA Show, SAIC
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
Preview reception: Friday, April 25, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Public reception: Friday, April 25, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
2012 “…Now Streaming...” Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA
2013 “Looking at Live Sharks in a Tank” The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
2013 "Real Estate" 6018 North Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 EXPO Chicago, SAIC Booth, Chicago, IL
2013 “Experimental 3D” Autumn Space Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 “Annex Show” School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2012 “Ritual Reality,” School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2012 “Redheaded Stepchild,” Homespace Gallery, Satellite of Prospect 2, New Orleans, LA
2011 “Deaton & Segura,” Gallery at Grant, Lafayette, LA
2011 “Surface Discourse,” Gallery at Grant, Lafayette, LA
2011 “BFA Thesis Exhibition,” Paul & Lulu Hilliad University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA
2011 “UL Juried Student Exhibition,” UL Lafayette Student Union Gallery, Lafayette, LA
2010 “UL Juried Student Exhibition,” UL Lafayette Student Union Gallery, Lafayette, LA
2014 Professional Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts - College Art Association
2013 Clay Morrison Scholarship
2012 Dean's Scholarship – School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2012 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Grant
2011 1st - UL Juried Student Exhibition
2006 Congressional Art Competition
Award of Excellence
Outstanding Technical Merit
08/2013-Present - Textile Resource Center - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Research Assistant)
01/2013-Present - School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Teaching Assistant)
02/2007- 02/2008 - Acadiana Center for the Arts (Volunteer)