I create raw and minimal art on paper by utilizing photography, printmaking, painting, and digital art techniques. My work explores themes of adolescent culture, violence, loss, and identity. I am also interested in the aftermath of violence - how humans process trauma and grief. My art is actualized in large, conceptually related series.

White Dandelions deals with the passing of time, memory, and loss. The prints’ backgrounds consist of grainy black and white photographs. The foreground is layered with text (days, numbers, minutes) indicating excessive amounts of time. As one approaches, the figures slip from focus and fade into the background, leaving only the markings of time evident. This echoes the mental erosion process that occurs after a loved one’s death.

The
Kids That Kill Kids series examines loss in relation to adolescent violence, with an emphasis on youth who have murdered their peers. I am curious about the role the American media plays in vilifying perpetrators, as well as canonizing individuals killed as a result of school shootings, physical bullying, and cyber harassment. The paradox between the public’s desire for sensational stories involving brutality and death and the private emotions that come as a result of grief and loss plays a pivotal role in my work.

The Coloring Book series combines fragmented text with rough sketches, essentially reading as enlarged drawings from a personal notebook or journal. Though the subject matter is bleak, the images have universal appeal. Everyone has stories of friends and relatives they’ve lost, but like the taboo of death, they tend to go unmentioned. This work comments on human frailty, our need to make sense of death, to acknowledge life, and our need to use humor for survival.

The Ghosts paintings present characters depicted in a graphic style with a vivid palette. The characters are portrayed in subtly suggestive environments, surrounded by fields of patterned color, evoking scenes of violence, anxiety, confusion, and elation.

The Composites series explores identity, stereotyping, traditional portrait photography, and profiling. The figures do not exist - they are constructed digital portraits made by layering found Internet photos. I am curious about our society’s need to order, organize and classify; and how this affects the way we think about people that have little in common other than death.

The
On Absence project is comprised of 300 site-specific photographs taken of an empty Brooklyn sky - specifically, the void once inhabited by the World Trade Center buildings. The piece, influenced by my experiences collaborating with children that lost a parent on 9/11/01, integrates notions of place, absence, and bereavement.

The
Headshots images explore themes of identity, adolescent culture, portraiture, and stereotyping. All of the images depict portraits of the subjects found in standardized poses, such as yearbooks, school IDs, or mugshots.