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As an artist, I work in a range of media spanning photography, video, sound, design, installation and writing. I collaborate long term with individuals and small groups of people. As artist, my role changes depending on the particular collaboration and the work I want to achieve within it. For example, in some projects I make images meant for the gallery. Other times I don’t make pictures at all, but instead act as an editor and facilitator. By sustaining long term interactions and flexible roles, my collaborators and I try to be thorough in our inquiries together. I focus on personal details to address large systems that are political, psychological and environmental.  I came to art as a discipline because I saw it as a place where I could undertake more philosophical and critically rigorous inquiries about the situations in which my collaborators and I found ourselves. My work includes “Riley and his story” and the “Veterans Book Project,” both offering multi-layered narratives of the U.S.-led wars in the Iraq and Afghanistan. Over my lifetime, I work within my own family to understand how race has been used and constructed across generations and geographies for us. My most recent work brings me to the eroding wetlands of the Louisiana coast in Plaquemines Parish, where my maternal family is from and has returned for over six generations. This work explores philosophies of ownership, the social construction of race, environmental racism, and productive possibilities of this wetland’s terrain.

Educational Background
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Educational Background

  • M.F.A.: Visual Studies, Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2005
  • B.A.: Peace Studies , College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University, 2002