My work intersects the realms of the physical, socio-political, and natural worlds. I am interested in how we uniquely experience the world through our bodies, culture, and environment. Through project-based explorations, my photographic work challenges the viewer to question stereotypes, cultural norms, and politics. Through each body of work, I learn about the world around me and encourage others to engage on a deeper level. Whether I’m photographing internationally or closer to home, my concerns are simultaneously individual and global. While my work stylistically re-invents itself to suit each project’s subject matter, a common thread includes utilizing a seductive beauty in an effort to encourage grappling with difficult issues. Employing photography and a dynamic approach to installation, I challenge the viewer to experience, think, and act. Both personal and universal, my work highlights the manner in which we reflect and re-order the world around us in pursuit of self-discovery.
Made In China references the discrepancy between China’s rich history of art and culture and its controversial modern reality. Utilizing the aesthetics of traditional Chinese scroll paintings of seasonal imagery, this series focuses on the country’s current political, economic, and social conflict. The text on each piece, which relates to a particular aspect of conflict, is Chinese calligraphy with its English translation and a traditional Chinese stamp. China’s past and present are viewed as an alchemy of beauty, culture, control, and contradiction.
Skin Stories is a collection of large-scale silver gelatin prints that address skin, scars and wounds as agents of seduction, spirituality, conflict, and beauty. Skin Stories is the result of photographic investigations that explore the physical, spiritual, and psychological terrain of skin in both the human body and religious sculpture.
Tropicália or Bread and Circuses looks at the social, historical, and political dynamics of Brazil through the perspective of public festival. Underneath the surface of vibrant community festivals, there exists a jagged reminder that private space and resources remain largely unattainable by most. Finding festival flags dancing in the wind as they sliced down from the sky and shards of glass slicing upward from perimeter walls below, I saw a similarity in form that pointed to this larger cultural phenomenon. From this context, the series addresses a complex combination of power, suffering, and celebration.
1999 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA MFA, Photography
1996 University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Photography Studies
1994 Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC Photography Studies
1993 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN BA, Photojournalism and English Literature Distinguished Honors, Phi Beta Kappa
1992 Universidád Complutense de Madríd, Madríd, Spain Certificate of Study
Awards & Honors
partial list 2010 The Ollcott Family Award, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
2004 First Place Award, PhotoAlliance Slide Competition, Award Lecture given at The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1999 Award of Excellence, 19th Annual College Photo Contest, Photographer's Forum
Honorable Mention, Paul Sack Building Awards: Paul Sack Collection
1998 Second place, Photo-essay Award, Photo '98 Contest, San Francisco Bay Guardian
First Place Award, Jerusalem 3000 Photography Contest, Jewish Exponent
partial list 2002 Featured Artist, Casa do Vaticano, Gráficos Burti Publishers, Brazil, 7th Ed.
partial list 2007 – present Director, Career Development Program, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Visiting Artist and Critic, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
Portfolio Reviewer, Critical Mass, PhotoLucida
2006 – 2007 Director, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Portfolio Reviewer, Society for Photographic Education, Mid-Atlantic Conference
1999 - 2005 Visiting Faculty, ACE Faculty, Pre-College Faculty, Photography Instructor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2001 - 2004 Adjunct Faculty, Extension Faculty, Photography Instructor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA