I am developing a practice that fosters community enrichment and critical engagement with art media by decentering authorship and taking an interdisciplinary approach. I plan to employ art, both making and displaying it, as a tool to demystify other disciplines. Making is an assertion of self, and rather than making those assertions for the sake of feeling precious, I want others to feel invited to assert themselves, too. Everyone should be making things all of the time! We’re all artists, poets, and musicians, and with an unparalleled media volume, more of us are all of those things simultaneously. I see efforts amongst other artists to challenge achievements centered around fame. Rather than observing this shift pessimistically, we embrace the truth that conventionally defined success is futile and unnecessary to make good work. I want to find them, work with them, and survive together despite our refusal to strive for “greatness.”
Match Pace grapples with the pressure Artificial Intelligence (AI) art generators place on emerging creatives. What’s a young creative to do if machines can replace even art? AI supporters dismiss criticisms by pointing to similar skepticism across history. The invention of the printing press, the camera, and the computer all yielded outrage despite being commonplace today. Technological advancements often cause panic because their implementation alters the future landscapes, mainly through labor distribution. This exhibition highlights areas of an artist’s labor threatened by AI and asks visitors to consider how this parallels other careers. Maybe a robot can do it, but is that what we want? Human error is persistent and even potentially detrimental, but is art the best discipline for us to fix?
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A painting based on a photograph of my friend, Gwen, and I showing off the tattoo she just gave me. Acrylic on canvas, 3"x 3"
Considering art exhibitions' display mechanisms and politics has deeply informed my making. During my undergraduate studies, I took on the role of student gallery assistant, summer research fellow, and president of our Student Art Society, allowing me to grow familiar with installation practices, didactic text writing, and event organization and advertisement. A year after graduating, I extended this skillset to assist in gallery operations in a hybrid exhibition space, coworking collective, and art supply retail front. My position at this establishment recently expanded to include grant writing and curatorial practices.
Co-curated with Heather Fish. Featuring works from Brenna Thummler, Doug Eberhardt, and Eric Anthody Berdis.
Salon de Refusés, 2021
Tangential exhibition to the annual Allegheny College juried student show. Co-curated with Allegheny Student Art Society (SAS).
Made in Quarantine, 2020
Co-curated with Allegheny SAS; debut of the Boxx Gallery.
Boxxed In, 2020 (Virtual exhibition)
Co-curated with Allegheny SAS. Provided opportunities for student engagement in the beginning of COVID-19 limitations.
Photo Op, 2019
Co-curated with Allegheny Student Art Society (SAS) featuring works by Aysha Hamouda, Amanda Struver, Cait Finley, Rebecca Forstater, and Mirra Goldfrad. This exhibition was SAS and Meadville Council on the Arts' first collaboration and continues the initiative began with my summer research assistantship.
Co-curated with Dr. Paula Burleigh and Mr. Shawn Washburn as part of my 2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Grant. Parallax (2019) marks the first collaborative exhibition between Allegheny College Art Gallery and the Meadville Council on the Arts.