Opening Friday December 6th 4:30-6:30 on view through January 3rd at Society Hill Synagogue.
I am passionate about learning. Before I can begin to work on a piece I need to have a thorough understanding of the history and implications relating to my chosen subject matter. I make work about social justice and equality because I feel that this is my duty as a contemporary artist and engaged citizen. Currently I am exploring marginalized groups. I am particularly interested in challenging American society's perception of Judaism and womanhood. I also explore collaboration and human development. It is important for me to consider the tension and possible space for growth which happens between people as they attempt to communicate. Routinely I think about my position to balance and control as well as society’s relationship to these ideas. My idea of a successful work of art has more to do with the learning and conversation which hopefully spawns from the viewer’s experience with the piece then the visual aesthetics. Most of the time the metaphors in my art rely on difference. Combining the grotesque with the seductive is an important way for me to help my audience find beauty in unexpected and important places. I hope this gives the work a sense of relevance and intrigue. Often my work deals with themes of excess, conformity, and assimilation. Material is usually the byproduct of an idea. I enjoy working with a range of mixed media to build the vessel for my thoughts. Oftentimes the work I am doing begins to take on a life of its own. The process and physicality adds additional meaning to my concept. This intuitive process becomes momentarily void of thought. After my idea is formed and the product is finished, the question of display is heavily considered. A lot of my work is performance and/or installation. This means it must be understood with regard to a specific space as well as the entire body of work. I believe the research and curation of my work is as important as the piece itself. It becomes one with the work. I utilize my unique experiences as a tool to reach a larger audience, and feel it is my job as an artist to ensure that the general public has access to the resources and knowledge necessary for art appreciation.
My work addresses criticality, equality, and process. Considering my identity as it relates to larger cultural implications is an important perpetual theme I address. I challenge the role of contemporary art constantly asking my audience what is art, and what is its function in contemporary society? Learning is the most important goal of my art. Currently I am part of a group exhibition at the Kugel collaborative. I have exhibited many places in Philadelphia among which include, The Water Gallery, University of the Arts, and the Galleries at Moore. I have also sown at the Ice Cube Gallery in Denver. I recently received the Sarah Peter fellowship from MCAD and have been published with Cleaver Magazine and artblog. I am living and working in Philadelphia. I will graduate with a BFA in Fine Arts, with a Minor in Curatorial Studies in 2014.
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