I am a Minneapolis-based visual artist and registered nurse working in drawing, painting and mixed media. My artistic practice is located at the thematic intersection of nature and innovation, time and space, body and process. I am inspired to explore the natural world, biology, anatomy and physiology and creative processes through my studio art practice.
This website is part visual journal, part workbench, part portfolio, involving my creative process and its documentation. It intends to show my art and writing in a way that includes the mechanics, the revisions, the challenges and experience. The motivation for this “meta-studio” started when I was in Paris visiting an artist-squatter building called Rivoli 59. The artists here live or “squat” in the building without paying rent and create art and art spaces that can be toured by the public. Walking through those spaces, I was inspired by the amount of work that was so intimately “in progress” and transitional.
What we see in museums and galleries often represents an artist’s “best” work, but is ultimately a curated selection of their total capacity for creation. The sensitive and revealing space of the active artist’s studio offers an environment that contrasts with the sanitized gallery, institutions of archive and display. Accessing the unbound plane of creation, between “start and finish,” allows the visitor a glimpse of the spirit of the artist and their work.
“Woe to you the day it is said that you are finished! To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul – to give it its final blow; the most unfortunate one for the painter as well as for the picture.” – Pablo Picasso