The premise of my work is to build community by connecting people to each other and the natural world. I do this by greening utility corridors or vacant lots with gardens, spaces where people can gather and play, or have a quiet moment to appreciate a work of art. The experiences people have in these spaces connect them with other people and with the Earth in new and authentic ways – ways that heal the land, nurture our spirit, build community, and empower people to take care of the Earth and each other.
The process by which my projects are developed is informed by and inclusive of the communities in which I am working. I strategize with schools, community groups, municipal government, and real estate developers to create relevant and meaningful spaces (see Sole of Rockland, Muddle The Puddle, Transformed, and Hull Artwalk for some examples).
My practice is informed by experiences working in landscape architecture, park stewardship, arts education, public art administration, and a continued desire to play outside. My artwork has been shown at locations including Medicine Wheel Gallery, the Jewish Community Center, Harbor Arts, and the Charlestown Navy Yard and long term installations are currently at the Boston Children’s Museum and Franklin Park Zoo. I’ve also worked with municipalities including Hull, Rockland, Natick, Boston and Everett. I have worked for many years with the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park using art as a point of departure to develop interpretive programs focused on history and ecology. These initiatives include a summer on Bumpkin Island creating sculptural installation; organizing and co-curating the Bumpkin Island Art Encampment from 2007 to 2011; and developing the Boston Harbor Artist in Residency, currently in it’s third year.
I was the Artist in Resident at the MAPC for and 18 month term from April of 2017-November 2018. I worked on a number of projects with a variety of departments including Arts & Culture, Public Health, Land Use, and Environment. My practice during the residency has focused on creative ways to build inclusivity in planning efforts, increase appreciation of the natural world, and engage residents in downtown revitalization efforts. The work includes the creation of a new sculptural community garden, pop-up informational kiosks, sculptural vehicles for participatory art, and delivery of creative placemaking workshops with the Arts and Culture Team.
I earned a Masters in Art Teaching from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), and BS in Landscape Architecture from UMass Amherst. My areas of expertise include sculpture, sculptural installation, social practice, environmental art, natural resource management, relationship building, youth development, curriculum development, and artistic collaboration.