Anonymous Albums, 2023
Anonymous Albums are a response to finding and collecting discarded photographs. My interest in family albums has prompted the idea of giving the abandoned visual narratives of found photographs a new place to exist. I inspect the photos and draw on personal experiences to place them throughout the pages. All albums are handmade and hand bound.
Volume of Eight, 2022
Who are we without systems of organization, record keeping, historical references, and chronicles of time passed? How do we hold onto events, experiences and narratives that have shaped our lives? I’ve chosen artifacts that heed clues to the past such as photographs, library card catalogue cards, books, and dated short stories to amplify the significance of objects of memory through handmade artist books. Though technology has shifted how memories are nurtured and kept, these tactile artifacts continue to inform the future.
peculiar Tales of librarians, 2021
Peculiar Tales of Librarians is an accordion book constructed using discarded library catalogue index cards. The book expands fully to 14' in length displaying eighteen fictitious short tales paired with portraits of fictional librarians. My intent for this book is to share a portion of photographs from my collected archive while expressing my interest in fictional and sometimes unbelievable stories that harness humor, sadness, and the banal.
In Spring of 2021 I held my Master of Arts Exhibition titled Recollection/Re-Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Art Lofts Gallery. With a varied edition of nine handmade books assembled using the star shape technique and cyanotype alternative process method, I reinterpreted a set of personal family photo albums. Using inherited photographs from my maternal grandmothers archive, I initially began a photographic inquiry into the life of my great-grandfather, his dental practice and his unexpected death. As the project progressed, I discovered I was looking at reflections of myself which led me to question how I identify with familial figures of my past.
Envelope (quarantine) Book, 2020
In March 2020 I moved my studio practice to my living room during quarantine. It was a makeshift space equipped with a large table, bookmaking tools, and supplies. Like a mad scientist, I assembled books, journals, paper weavings, and experimental paper works. The Envelope (Quarantine) Book was my favorite piece to come out of that making frenzy. Using materials I had available in my home, the envelope book is constructed with standard mailing envelopes and various pieces of paper. The making was a way to embrace and deal with anxiety of the pandemic.
Landscape Escape, 2019
Landscape Escape is a matchbox sized accordion book. It is meant to be carried conveniently so that one can look at an array of landscapes whenever they please. Twenty-four landscape scenes make up the pages. All photographs are scanned from collected Kodachrome slides.
Retro Viewers, 2019
The Retro Viewers are designed from a nostalgic point of view considering many elements such as: The View Master Toy, memory, slide viewers, personal ephemera, and the concept of camera obscura. The colors chosen for the slides are a nod to color gels used for stage lighting, invoking the thoughts on fictional narrative. The small, compact Retro Viewer is multifunctional. It functions as a slide viewer and slide container. The slides are exact sized replicas of real photographic slides and can be also viewed by an audience with a slide projector.
In Italia, 2015
In Italia is a visual diary reflecting my time in Italy during a seven-month artist residency in 2015. The photographs were made with a Polaroid Automatic 420 Land Camera resulting in instant film format photographs. The project spans images taken all over the Tuscan region. Using the process of emulsion lift, I carefully lifted the mylar emulsion off the Polaroid photographs then adhered those to a Fabriano paper substrate to create the pages of the accordion book, when fully opened is over 18ft in length with 52 original photographs.
Physical terrain, 2009
Physical Terrain utilizes the cyanotype alternative process printing method and the the accordion book form to draw metaphors on the contour of the female form and the physicality of landscape.