The following eight images are from my most recent interactive living installations which were initially made in 2017 but exhibited in both 2017 and 2018 and continue to grow and evolve. In essence, they are both tiny freshwater microecosystems and one is also a freshwater reef.  In each, I immersed a sculpture that I coated in a phosphorescent powder in locally collected lake water and worked with the species involved until I had a stable - yet individual - ecosystem.  The vessel is then exhibited in a dark space, and viewers use white lights and black lights to explore the artwork.  In doing so, they also feed the plants and contribute to the health of the microecosystem.  The sculptures’ phosphorescence under black light cuts through the plants to more clearly display the sculpture which is particularly helpful when the growth is quite thick. The growth can also die back in protracted exhibition under low light conditions, but that contributes to the changing appearance of the pieces as well.  There are two sculptures, which I created with a waterproof polymer clay I collaborated with LSU Chemistry Professor Dr. John Pojman in making. The first is of a pigeon barely keeping its head above the water and duckweed mat.  Duckweed is alternately considered a nuisance plant and sometimes an invasive plant but also can be a beneficial and necessary part of the food chain. The second is of a stack of snails, and references a painting I made of the same imagery.

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Above and Below

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, duckweed, cyanobacteria, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 8x8x9" core dimension, 2017

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Above and Below

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, duckweed, cyanobacteria, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 8x8x9" core dimension, 2017

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Above and Below

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, duckweed, cyanobacteria, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 8x8x9" core dimension, 2017

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Above and Below

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, duckweed, cyanobacteria, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 8x8x9" core dimension, 2017

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All That I See

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 4 7/8x4 7/8x10" core dimension, 2017

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All That I See

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 4 7/8x4 7/8x10" core dimension, 2017

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All That I See - Exhibition View of Overall Installation

2018 Goppert Gallery exhibition view of overall installation dark room including the core mixed media interactive sculpture, a custom-built dark room, blackout curtain, and supplementary text.

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All That I See

Mixed media interactive installation including QuickCure Clay, algae, water, glass container, and black and white light flashlights; 4 7/8x4 7/8x10" core dimension, 2017

The following sculptures were made on-site during a fully-funded two-week international artist residency at Cerdeira Village, Portugal culminating in an annual arts festival. They are also made with the polymer clay I collaborated in developing, and therefore feature unique ceramic qualities like their very small, outward-curving toenails or the seamless mixed media blending of organic and inorganic materials.

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Albrechare

Mixed media including QuickCure Clay, found branches, and acrylic, 10x11.5x10", 2017

(Functions both as a standalone piece or in installation with Turtile and Mother Birdh)

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Albrechare

Mixed media including QuickCure Clay, found branches, and acrylic, 10x11.5x10", 2017

(Functions both as a standalone piece or in installation with Turtile and Mother Birdh)

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Turtile

Mixed media including QuickCure Clay, found branches, and acrylic, 12.5x7.5x17.5", 2017

(Functions both as a standalone piece or in installation with Albrechare and Mother Birdh)

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Turtile

Detail of this mixed media sculpture including QuickCure Clay, found branches, and acrylic, 12.5x7.5x17.5", 2017

(Functions both as a standalone piece or in installation with Albrechare and Mother Birdh)

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Turtile

Detail of this mixed media sculpture including QuickCure Clay, found branches, and acrylic, 12.5x7.5x17.5", 2017

(Functions both as a standalone piece or in installation with Albrechare and Mother Birdh)

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Mother Birdh

Detail, QuickCure Clay and acrylic, 2017

(not displayed as a standalone piece; only shown in installation with Albrechare and Turtile)

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Albrechare, Mother Birdh, and Turtile

Mixed media installation including QuickCure Clay, found branches, and acrylic, 2017

The next three images are of older living interactive installations using plants that respond in a human time frame to human interaction. The foreground pedestal in the first image below uses Selaginella lepidophylla, a type of spikemoss that converts itself into a mummified tumbleweed that can live for decades without water but when placed in water reanimates (and then rots if left in water for too long). The background pedestal in the first image uses Mimosa pudica, also called sensitive plant. It folds up its leaves and drops its petioles when touched (or heated, or otherwise disturbed).

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Resurrect or Mummify and Handle With Care Pedestal - Exhibition View

Gallery view of two living mixed media pedestals, 2013

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Resurrect or Mummify Pedestal Interaction

Mixed media including live Selaginella lepidophylla plants pedestal detail, 2013

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Handle With Care Pedestal

Mixed media including live Mimosa pudica plants pedestal detail, 2013

Although installation and sculpture are important to my studio practice, I am also very interested in painting, drawing, and mixed media reliefs and consider those disciplines to be essential to my oeuvre as well.

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Every Side is North

QuickCure Clay and acrylic on birch panel, 6x6x2", 2016

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Every Side is North

QuickCure Clay and acrylic on birch panel, 6x6x2", 2016

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Climber

QuickCure Clay and acrylic on birch panel, 8x8x3", 2016

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The Slightest Disturbance

QuickCure Clay, acrylic, and gloss varnish on birch panel, 6x8x4", 2016

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The Slightest Disturbance

QuickCure Clay, acrylic, and gloss varnish on birch panel, 6x8x4", 2016

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Outreach

QuickCure Clay and acrylic on basswood panel, 12x6x1.75", 2018

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Pilgrim

QuickCure Clay and acrylic on basswood panel, 6x12x1.125", 2017

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Reconnaissance

Acrylic on pastelbord, 14x11”, 2018

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Camelflage

Acrylic on basswood panel, 12x12x1.5”, 2018

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Balancing Act

Acrylic on pastelbord, 14x11", 2015

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All Out

Acrylic on canvas, 21 x 18 7/8", 2017

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Littoral Layers

Graphite, charcoal, and acrylic on basswood panel, 16x20x7/8", 2016

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Lambs in Field

Watercolor on recycled paper, 12x9", 2014

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Dominion

Acrylic on canvas, 25x39 3/4", 2017

Perspective

Acrylic and watercolor on claybord, 12x12", 2015

In terms of notable reviews of my work, I think my interview with Let’s Talk Arts is a good overview. I also recently had an artist profile published in Rootstalk: A Prairie Journal of Culture, Science and the Arts Volume III Issue 1.  It was labelled the Fall 2016 issue, but it didn't come out until Fall 2017. The Penn Review has also accepted artwork for inclusion in its Spring 2019 issue through a blind selection process, so I’m looking forward to that release!