Within the past ten years I have created two different bodies of work. My current and future work is about strong dreamscapes that have affected my life. My earlier work is about using animatronics and fabric from stuffed animals and old clothes to give artificial spirit to my animal sculptures. Although the themes of both bodies of work are different, they are related through my use of electronics that give them light, motion, and sound. Basic circuitry and electronics give an interactive quality to my work, so they can move, make sound, and “live” in an installation place. I have included documentation of both bodies of work to show my thematic and formal interests about two separate but important statements in my art.
I create diorama-like landscapes of environments that have suffered from turmoil and destruction, both natural and man-made. My sculptures are a return to peace, a gesture to remember a time before the destruction. By riveting or welding thin sheets of aluminum and steel, I create layers of artificial depth and perspective, twisting and fanning metal into sculptural clouds, hills and rivers. I use my experience as well as historical evidence to interpret events that have taken place around the Mississippi River valley, Fort Snelling, the Saint Croix River, and the caves and tunnels that make up the sewer and drainage systems of Minneapolis and St. Paul. These sites, scenes, and historical narratives have made a deep impression on me. I want to capture the essence of what the landscape may have been like during different time periods in Minnesota history, then distort that image into a dreamy, surreal landscape.
I use thin aluminum sheet to translate memories, stories, and facts into flexible and sharp representations. The suspended layers create a shallow depth; a space for the shadows to fill out the sculptures. The shadows are their own landscape, and can be part fantasy, dream, or illusion. Light is added to the scenes to accentuate the shadows, and to give the sculptures an aura of self-contained energy. The landscapes hang on the wall to give the impression of floating, as if they were removed from a scene of memory or moment of time, and placed on the wall in permanent suspension.
2000 B.F.A., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Selected
2014 Phipps Center for the Arts, Gallery One, Hudson, WI
2011 Create, The Dining Studio, N.E. Minneapolis, MN
2010 Rosalux Gallery, Scene from Above, N.E. Minneapolis, MN.
2009 Rosalux Gallery, The Pocket Gallery, Solar Creatures, Minneapolis, MN.
2007 Minneapolis Central Library, Exhibition Case, Creature Corner, Minneapolis, MN.
2006 St. Cloud State University, Kiehle Gallery, Asia Ward Sculptures, St. Cloud, MN.
2000 Museum of Contemporary Art, Emerging Artist Gallery, Grow Up, Fort Collins, CO.
RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS: Selected
2013 Soap Factory, Artists on the Verge, Minneapolis, MN.
2012 Rosalux Gallery, Silverfish: Asia Ward and Amy Toscani, NE Minneapolis, MN.
2012 Northern Spark, Body Pong, Minneapolis, MN.
2011 Fulton Street Collective, Exquisite Corpse, Chicago, IL.
2011 Altered Esthetics, Home, N.E. Minneapolis, MN.
2011 Burnsville Performing Arts Center, XXL, Burnsville, MN.
2011 Anderson Center at Tower View, Main Gallery, Holiday Celebration Art Show, Red Wing, MN.
2011 Rosalux Gallery, Platinum Black, N.E. Minneapolis, MN.
2010 Lexington Art League, Creatures Great and Small, Lexington, KY.
2010 Yeiser Art Center, Creatures Great and Small, Paducah, KY.
2010 Rosalux Gallery, To Be Continued. . ., N.E. Minneapolis, MN.
2010 No Assumption Arts, N.E. Minneapolis, MN.
2010 The Exploratorium, The Tinkering Studio, Motion, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Rosalux Gallery, Peepshow, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Murray State University, Eagle Art Gallery, Creatures Great and Small, Murray, KY.
2009 The Science Museum of Minnesota, Make:Day, St. Paul, MN.
2008 The Exploratorium, Second Skin, San Francisco, CA.
2008 Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minnesota Biennial: 3D 11, St. Paul, MN.
2007 The Soap Factory, Festival of Appropriation, Minneapolis, MN.
2007 Carmichael Lynch, First Contact, Minneapolis, MN.
2006 Viridian Artists Gallery, Seventeenth National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY.
2006 Galesburg Center for the Arts, Small Works, Galesburg, IL.
2006 Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Stevens Square 3D Show, Minneapolis, MN.
2005 SOO Visual Arts Center, Bunny, Minneapolis, MN.
2005 Rocky Mount Arts Center, 48th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, NC.
2005 Rosalux, Rosalux Open Door Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN
2005 Andenken Gallery of Art and Design, Kinetic Show, Denver, CO.
AWARDS AND GRANTS:
2011 Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul, MN.
2011 Northern Lights, Artists on the Verge, Minneapolis, MN.
2011 Science Museum of Minnesota, Northern Lights, Northern Spark Grant, St. Paul, MN
2008 Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant, St. Paul, MN
2008 Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Jerome Fellowship, Moose Lake, MN.
2005 Installation grant for “Flying Horse” in Western Sculpture Park, St. Paul, MN.
2003 Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Fellowship, Shafer, MN.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (A.I.R):
4/1/07 – current Resident Artist at The Science Museum of Minnesota.
10/22/09-10/25/09 Murray State University, Chain Reaction Machine! Workshop, Murray, KY.
8/6/09 The Walker Art Center, Target Free Thursday Nights, Frankenstein Workshop, Minneapolis, MN.
7/30/07 – 8/3/07 The Walker Art Center, Robo Plushy, Education and Community Programs, Minneapolis, MN.
10/01/06 – 12/15/06 The Kulture Klub Collaborative, Project Offstreets, Youth Link, Minneapolis, MN.
5/07/06 – 5/13/06 The Science Museum of Minnesota, P.I.E. Atelier Workshops, St. Paul, MN.
9/01/11 – 10/1/11 The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN.
7/01/08 – 8/01/08 The Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Moose Lake, MN.
3/01/07 – 4/01/07 The Weir Farm Art Center, Wilton, CT.
5/01/07 – 6/15/07 Kimmel-Harding-Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE.
9/01/05 – 9/20/05 The Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education, Townshend, VT.
8/01/05 – 8/31/05 The Neuwirth Institute for the Arts at Wormfarm, Baraboo, WI.
6/01/04 – 6/30/04 Resident Intern, teaching assistant, Vermont Carving Studio and Sculpture Center,West Rutland, VT.
8/01/03 – 6/01/04 Resident Intern Artist of Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN.
WORK AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Selected
2011-current Developed and manage the Rosalux Gallery Assistant Program for Rosalux Gallery
2006-current Artist in Residence, Program Specialist, and Instructor, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
2009,2010,2011 Jurist for University of Minnesota Robot Show, Minneapolis, MN.
2009,2010 Jurist for Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Moose Lake, MN.
2008 Artist Talk, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN.
2008 Slide Lecture, Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Moose Lake, MN
2007 Talk and Demonstration, University of Minnesota, Magnet School, Minneapolis, MN.
2006 Talk and Demonstration, St. Catherine’s College, Minneapolis, MN.
2006 Talk and Demonstration, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
2005 Slide Lecture, Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, MN.