Within my work, I balance a practice that intersects traditional modes of sculpture production and contemporary digital technology. I am fortunate to hold a position as an Associate Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, which has an extensive sculpture facility that supports many modes of making. At Grand Valley, I teach 3D Design in Foundations, a variety of sculpture courses, and a class exploring computer 3D modeling and digital fabrication. I live in Plainwell, MI, a small mill town between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids (MI), with my partner Sarah Lindley and our eleven-year old son. In the studio, I am busy with two extensive research projects – Global Cities and Mining Industries.
Global Cities portrays twenty–nine cities in hand blown glass with vinyl cut drawings demonstrating dramatic population trends and establishing links to a variety of international cities. As an installation it is an assembly of suspended glass objects, a world map atop an interlocking plinth, and multicolored vinyl graphics on the wall. The size, color, and form of each glass object demonstrate how population data can be expressed visually over time. Mining Industries is comprised of kilncast glass works showing aerial views of sites in the United States related to five cities – Detroit, Houston, Seattle, Boston, and Lowell – and the iconic industries associated with their evolution. Pieces in this series are comprised of stacks of clear kilncast glass blocks topped with detailed renditions of urban sites generated from converted LiDar scans data and output via 3D printing. Sanborn Maps and aerial photographs that reference a time of peak industrial power are layered in between the blocks, so that the imagery is filtered through the polished glass landscape from above and seen through the layers in the mirrored reflection below.
I received my BFA in sculpture and glass from Alfred University and MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2001, I was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Arts Society. Recently, I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, Kohler Company Pottery, Sheboygan, WI, and a Fellowship at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (CGCA), Millville, NJ. Recent exhibitions include the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, Heller Gallery, New York, NY, Art Miami/Context Art Miami, Miami, FL, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. My work is also represented in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, Kohler Co., Kohler, WI, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Lincoln Motor Company, Dearborn, MI, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, as well as numerous private collections.