I was born in Washington, DC in 1981 and grew up in Arlington, VA. In 2004 I graduated with a BFA in Crafts from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. My education exposed me to many different materials and I became compelled to work with glass. The fluidity of glass and the urgency of working with the molten material made moving to Seattle after graduation an easy decision. As a result of spending time in such a rainy place and blowing glass daily, water and heat became major influences in my work. After working in a variety of production shops and with renowned artists in the Pacific Northwest for seven years, I decided to return to school for an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. This study led to my exploration of nature and its connection to the Modernista Art Movement in Barcelona. My discoveries link this art movement to the progressive nature of American Pressed Glass during the Industrial Revolution.
Much like the intention of Islamic Patterns in religious settings, I use the beauty of geometric patterns to create a sense of diversion from reality. I generate a sense of renewal by creating atmospheres that glow. In Barcelona in the late 1800's, Catalan architects revisited historical architecture to provide a sense of newness. Similar to the way they work, I have begun to re-purpose pressed glass and incorporate it with light, in a way that not only rejuvenates the glass but also re-energizes the viewer.
Producing rapid changes of color and pattern, kaleidoscopes use optics and transparency to entrance the beholder. As one gazes through the viewing aperture, a multitude of fragments become organized symmetrically into beautiful images. The focus of my work and thesis is to draw on the chromatic patterns of a kaleidoscope and transfer these images to a domelike realm reminiscent of a vaulted cathedral ceiling. I explore a unification of architecture and atmosphere to provide the viewer with a way to momentarily escape our contemporary world, and to return with a sense of renewal. Through sensation and spectacle I strive for the viewer to experience the secular sublime.