My initial encounters with public art were through work in landscape architecture, park stewardship, arts education, and a continued desire to play outside. My involvement began as an organizer of arts initiatives to promote new types of engagement in public spaces, and educator using the arts as a vehicle for engagement. These experiences inspired me to create more artwork and the interplay of organizer-educator-maker grew into a practice. Depending on the nature of the project, I work as part of a team or independently to create site responsive public art projects that meet the goals and objectives of the community or organization looking to create a stronger sense of place. Common threads through my projects include making experiences for people to connect to natural systems and the built environment, and build community through an inclusive process and creation of interactive works. 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 the town of Rockland, City of Everett, and town of Natick. 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.