Thoughts on DBT Therapy – Healing Tool & Systemic Tool of Oppression?

Lately I’ve been deep into a reading called The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. This book so far, among several other factors in recent weeks have both reaffirmed some of the techniques and developing habits from my investment in Dialectical Behavioral […]

Identity as a Survivor: Trauma, Memory & Therapy

Heading into vital time for my graduate studies in between semesters this summer, I was at a point of conflict with my practice:  how to respond to the urgency and pervasiveness of sexual assault in the United States and what material form, if any, would it take? Although there was a definite progression in the participatory […]

MFA Candidacy Evaluations & Reflection

I spent the weekend away in Chicago to kick off “Spring Break” to evaluate how my work is progressing and how it correlates with my research.  In about 5 weeks, my 1st year peers and I will be reviewed for MFA candidacy.  Are we prepared to enter year 2 and prepare for graduation/professional careers? This mid-term review […]

New Work: Gender & Sexuality Expectations

Over the 5 week break between semesters, I began working on 5 new paintings with the goal of further defining the imagery and color scheme for a 4’x8′ participatory work that will be a part of MCAD’s Minnesota Mean student project. This week, I sat down to analyze what these new works are communicating through […]

Goals & Skepticism – 2016

Although it is a reality that I have the rest of my life to enact change, there is a great pressure to achieve greatness during the next year and a half while I attend grad school. As I read articles and books aligned with and against my viewpoints, that pressure has become a wall.  I continue […]

My Year at Hot Shops + Studio Sale

Interacting with the artists and community here has shown me so many different pathways to being a professional artist. These individuals live their lives reflecting, recording, thinking, and ultimately helping the community. I will continue raising the bar for myself and my artwork, in an effort to have much needed discussions on our interactions with […]