The figure of Victorine Meurent is extracted from Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, permeated with a grid and extruded. The sculpture is an amalgam of modernist and virtual vocabularies, exploring intimations of standardization, agency, and power.
11x11 plaster and clay in a basswood frame
Made with an interest in Daphne's story of transformation: Apollo's cutting and use of her laurel branches as his cultic plant, with notice to the persistence of the laurel as a contemporary emblem of success and honor.
portrait number five
as a disguise
material: pine veneer photo credit: Robert Chase Heishman
steel, enamel, mdf
pine veneer, steel
16x24x40 steam bent white oak
The Prairie Box sculpture, takes its inspiration from the American Foursquare home, a popular architectural style from the early 1900’s. The American Foursquare was commonly sold as a ‘kit house.’ It could be purchased through a catalog, delivered across long distances by railway, and built by the homeowners themselves. The popular Midwestern vernacular style was recognized as one of the most affordable homes of its time, and was colloquially referred to as the ‘prairie box.’
This iteration of the Prairie Box was commissioned by the Iowa City Downtown District with the expressed desire for a structure that would provide seating and shade for visitors to the Blackhawk Mini Park. In early stages of research, I became interested in the history of the site and the hybrid dynamics of the porch - both a public and a private space. In response to a ‘place making’ prompt, I was interested in creating an environment that would challenge notions of what it might mean to make oneself at home in public. This line of thinking led me to modify the traditional form so that every face of the wireframe house presented an entrance with a delineated porch and swing which the public was invited to occupy at any time of day.
printed image, wood
Lobby was made in collaboration with Katherine Harvath for Szalon materials: birch plywood, cushion, polyester fabric
sculpture for televisionism
Televisionism was curated by Monika Szewczyk, and also included works by Faheem Majeed, Catherine Sullivan and Stan Douglas
dimensions variable materials: wood, scrim
Meeting space for S.H.o.P.
Meeting Space was made in collaboration with Heather Mullins for the Southside Hub of Production in Chicago, IL