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Stacked Houses, ink on mylar, 20"x20", 2014
New drawing for my exhibition, Constructs, with Gladys Poorte at Davis Gallery in Austin, TX, October 25 - December 6, 2014. Opening Reception, Saturday, October 25, 7-9 p.m., and Artist Talk, Friday, December 5, 6-8 p.m.

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The works in this series reflect my continued interest in disasters and detris. The title Salvaged references rescued or retrieved items, as in debris snagged in a fisherman’s net, or mementos collected after a house fire.

1. Salvaged #1, ink on mylar, 8"x8", 2014
2. Salvaged #2, ink on mylar, 8"x8", 2014
3. Salvaged: Tangled Nets, ink on mylar, 12"x12", 2014
4. Salvaged: Big Catch, litho crayon on mylar, 8'x6', 2014
5. Salvaged: Caught in the Net, found objects, hand tied net, rope, 2014

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Worthless Matter exhibition at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC, May 16 - June 30, 2014. I spent a week constructing this installation made from furniture, wood, trash and miscellaneous objects found on the streets of Charleston.

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Worthless Matter exhibition at the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Jr. Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. February 10 - April 6, 2014. This exhibit surveys works created between 2011 and 2014. Exhibition design by Aaron Cowan, photography by Michael Everett.

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Images of "My House: The Storm" and "Worthless Matter" from Drawn In / Drawn Out, an exhibit of contemporary drawing at the Grace Museum in Abilene, TX.
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In the summer of 2013 I focused on two large-scale works under the titles Worthless Matter: Forgotten Home and Worthless Matter. The first is a ten-foot diameter sculptural installation made of found objects including chairs, a table, a bassinette, and a variety of other personal items. This work is held together compositionally with wood veneer strips representing the uncontrollable forces of a storm. The second work is an eleven-foot wide Litho-crayon drawing on multiple sheets of Mylar, depicting a giant asteroid-like sphere of trash and debris. Both works question consumerist habits, one a symbol of mass consumption, the other a tragedy in the making, as chairs and personal items are spun up in a storm-like organism.

1. Worthless Matter: Forgotten Home, wood veneer & found objects, as installed in my studio, summer 2013
2-5. Worthless Matter, lithographic crayon on Mylar, installation views from Mark(ing) Time: Expanded Notions in Drawing, Dishman Art Museum, Beaumont, Texas, 8/15-10/1, 2014
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Smoke Rising 1-4, charcoal on paper, 48"x48", 2014. At the age of fifteen, my family home burnt to the ground, leaving only heaping piles of the burnt remnants of my childhood. It was a reality, and as such, I continued on with little regret. However, in the studio, my childhood memories have emerged through my creative practice. All of a sudden smoke and ash began appearing in my drawings, as I erased, smudged and smeared charcoal over drawn images of piles of rubble and crumbling architectural structures. In the Smoke Rising series I used erasure (creating smoke like forms) as a means to alter and consume the land/cityscape.
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In Ruins exhibition at HIESTAND GALLERIES at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, November 8-16, 2012.
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In Ruins exhibition at the Museum of Art at University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, August 30 - September 22, 2012.
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