Q: Please you tell us about your background?
I am a Boston based printmaking artist, I recently graduated with a BFA in printmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I’ve been making art for about the past five years now but my time printing goes further back than that. Before MassArt I attended vocational school for production commercial printing, specializing in offset lithography and silkscreen.
Q: How would you describe your work?
A majority of my current work is etchings and silkscreen prints. My prints are abstractions working off of maps and diagrams. I use observation and pre-existing information to create completely impossible forms and uninterpretable figures. I look at things very analytically yet display them with more open readings, swinging the real into my own pieces of art.
Q: What is your process for creating a work of art?
I work heavily with layering, the pieces build themselves that way. I make a lot of components in a drawing that may not even appear in the final print, but the contribution to the overall drawing is important to me. The image builds and thickens, usually to the point of being over-done, but that really shows how my mind works while creating. I tend to get fixated on my work and bring it past the point where my initial intention would be to stop.
Q: What are your goals for this residency?
This residency for me is most about experimentation. I’m mostly looking to get as many things on paper in different ways. While I normally publish works in formal editions I want to stray from keeping things looking uniform and really just take some time to print and collage and reprint.
Q: Who are some of your favorite artists?
My favorite artists currently are people like John Walker, Terry Winters, Anselm Kiefer, and Julie Mehrutu. They all demonstrate the ability to tackle small marks translating into extremely larger compositions, which is something that captivates me when looking at art.
Q: Do you collect artwork?
I have a small collection of other artists’ works, I really only limit myself to things I could show in my home and on my studio walls as opposed to having things locked away in storage. Mostly I just find myself getting pieces from local artist friends back in Boston, though a few works are from artists I did print publishing projects for such as John Walker and Kiki Smith.
Q: What’s next for you?
Currently, I am building and improving an in-home studio in Boston while making work there. I mostly show around that area as well though always looking to reach out to new spaces. I would like to venture further onto getting an MFA, but that seems a ways away for me at the moment.