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2010:
You Know I Love You, Right?
I Wish I'd Asked
2009:
The Artists' Alphabet #1: The Great Recession
Said Too Much But Not Enough
Calamity Calendar
2008:
I'm Losing You And It's Effortless
Overheard
The Name On the Sign
3 Questions for This Particular Moment
2007:
You Better Watch What You Say
2006:
These Things I Say Out Loud
Speak To Me - Series
Gestures - Series
Over My Head
She's A (Pop Song Lyric)
She's My (Pop Song Lyric)
2005:
Figures of Speech
Dis/Connect
Hello
Risk of Exposure
Interchange 3
16-8-1
3 Performances
2004:
Ask Me Anything
Real Love Stories #2
Real Love Stories #1
Write On This
Interchange 2
Wish You Were Here
2003:
Notice
Hopscotch
Interchange
Four Letter Words
You Have All The Answers
Sounds
Color & Sound
2002:
buy me
dive/awake
2001:
Container

Projects

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I have a deep interest in communication, interaction and language. I am particularly intrigued by how we "say what we say", the failures and successes of our attempts to use language to communicate, and the manner in which people reveal and conceal themselves through language and gesture.

My practice explores the territory of communication, failure, and crisis - the frailty of language and our repeated efforts to connect despite language's inefficiency and tendency toward miscommunication. This duality of human experience particularly intrigues me - how we continually attempt to communicate, how we insistently seek connection through language, despite the fact that as often as not our attempts result in failure or misinterpretation. The frailty of human interaction is completely at the mercy of the inefficiency and insufficiency of language.

My practice in installation, drawing, performance, and video investigates the everyday failures and breathtaking catastrophes of human interaction and experience.

The worlds we live in are tenuous, fragile, delicate, and precarious. They tend toward chaos and decay rather than a confident growth toward solidity and safety. They can go up in a blaze with one poor choice, one ill-chosen word, one missed connection. Crisis and disaster on the micro- and macro-level can be precipitated by anything – personal, political, or environmental.

I am fascinated with humankind’s capacity to continue in the face of crises large and small, personal and political, from the simplest failure of connection between two people to large-scale crises between nations. Yet we are hopeful (delusional?) despite all odds. We set the previous failure aside, and try again. To me this is the basic paradox and miracle of being human and my art practice embraces these limitations and challenges, using them as a catalyst and a point of departure.

I also believe that awareness, people being nudged slightly more awake, can be a first step towards changing our culture. Using my art as a device to stimulate us toward a more active stance is a primary focus for me. That is what I am after - engaging people to think, feel, exist, to act. If our culture never asks us to be active, or involved, if it never pushes us to expand what we believe we are capable of, then how can we hope to become more than just consumers? Much of my work as an artist asks viewers to become actively engaged. I wish to involve users as active, thinking, engaged participant-collaborators in the creation of art.

A list of some of my projects is at the left in chronological order. The projects are also listed below, sorted by medium.

Installation
You Know I Love You, Right?
Overheard
You Better Watch What You Say
These Things I Say Out Loud
Hello
Risk of Exposure
Write on This
Wish You Were Here
Real Love Stories #2
You Have All The Answers
Four Letter Words
Interchange 3
Interchange 2
Interchange

Interactive / Participative
I Wish I'd Asked
You Know I Love You, Right?
Calamity Calendar
The Name on the Sign
Hello
Risk of Exposure
16-8-1
3 Performances
Ask Me Anything
Write on This
Wish You Were Here
Real Love Stories #2
Real Love Stories #1
You Have All The Answers
Four Letter Words
Hopscotch
Notice
Interchange 3
Interchange 2
Interchange

Drawing / Visual Art
You Know I Love You, Right?
The Artists' Alphabet #1: The Great Recession
Calamity Calendar
3 Questions for this Particular Moment
The Name on the Sign
You Better Watch What You Say
These Things I Say Out Loud
Speak to Me - Series
Gestures - Series

Performance
Hello
Risk of Exposure
3 Performances
Ask Me Anything
Real Love Stories #1
Four Letter Words
Color & Sound
Interchange 3
Interchange 2
Interchange

Video & Video Installation
I'm Losing You and It's Effortless
Over My Head
Figures of Speech
Dis/Connect
Hello
3 Performances
Hopscotch
Color & Sound
Notice
buy me
dive/awake
Container

Sound
Overheard
You Better Watch What You Say
16-8-1
Real Love Stories #2
Field Recordings