Me, My Work, and I

I grew up in Door County, WI on a small hobby farm in the middle of nowhere, where I was home schooled until sixth grade. During those years of homeschooling, I had the unique opportunity to explore topics I was interested in, instead of classes in school being decided for me. My dad, who always enjoyed photography as a hobby, taught me how to use his 35mm camera before I can really remember. Though I never really considered myself extremely talented or even thought of photography as a viable career choice, I fumbled and stumbled my way into the Art program at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, which,  incidentally, is one of the best photography programs in the state. During my undergraduate studies, in addition to photography, I discovered a love for textiles, as well as gallery studies/collection care – which led to an internship with UW-Green Bay and eventually a job at the Lawton Gallery. I graduated in December 2016 with a bachelor degree in art with an emphasis in photography and a minor in arts management.

I currently work as the Assistant Curator at the Lawton Gallery and work almost exclusively with the permanent collection, and I absolutely love it. So much so, that I hope to continue my education in this field. I am surrounded by amazing and inspiring artwork all day, and still have time to work on my own creations. I live and create in my small apartment that acts as a living space/studio in Appleton, WI.  

I work in everything from textiles to drawing, but photography is my first love and is the majority of my work. I am inspired by photographers like Francesca Woodman, Sophie Calle, Elina Brotherus, as well as Carrie Mae Weems and Anna Atkins. Most of my photographs are self-portraits or portraits with concepts centering on “the self.” My textile work is still in an exploratory stage, specifically working with embroidery and knitting. Lastly, my drawings are just small, quirky, bursts of thoughtless creativity that I personally love, but professionally reject. 

Now that you know what to expect as far as what you will see here, and where I draw inspiration from, please go ahead and subscribe so that you can get updates on my work, my ideas, and get to see some of my works in progress!

 

Images:

Top: Images from a photography course my dad took in 1973

Bottom Left: My Fathers Tools, Cyanotype, 2016

Bottom Right: Regular Old Princess, Drawing, 2017

Bottom: Self Study Eating Feathers, Archival Pigment Print, 2016

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