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I moved from Detroit to Brooklyn shortly after receiving my MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1990. Before that I lived in Providence while working on my BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. And before that I lived in Kansas, Indiana, New York, Florida, North Carolina, back to Kansas, Virginia, WashingtonDC, Heidelberg, Munich, California and back to WashingtonDC. Nomad? Nomad.

I'm fascinated by the blind spots in our cultural psyche that cause our errors and idiosyncrasies (yet they continue, unexamined and uncorrected). This interest has drawn me to explore many themes from murder and war to epistemology and language.

Recently, I have been captivated by Birds. Ever since I realized that it is utterly impossible for us to comprehend bird consciousness -- or "Birdness" as I came to call it -- their image and presence has taken…

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  • Born on June 15
  • Joined December 20, 2007

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About

I moved from Detroit to Brooklyn shortly after receiving my MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1990. Before that I lived in Providence while working on my BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. And before that I lived in Kansas, Indiana, New York, Florida, North Carolina, back to Kansas, Virginia, WashingtonDC, Heidelberg, Munich, California and back to WashingtonDC. Nomad? Nomad.

I'm fascinated by the blind spots in our cultural psyche that cause our errors and idiosyncrasies (yet they continue, unexamined and uncorrected). This interest has drawn me to explore many themes from murder and war to epistemology and language.

Recently, I have been captivated by Birds. Ever since I realized that it is utterly impossible for us to comprehend bird consciousness -- or "Birdness" as I came to call it -- their image and presence has taken on a new significance for me. My bird-work uses many forms, but tries to grasp that consciousness in some feeble way even as it examines our egocentric, self-serving views of them.

Somehow, birds brought me to Sound. Although I continue to crave the silence of images on paper, making only silent installations feels incomplete. Life is full of such interesting, varied sounds, so why not address this? Why not orchestrate it? My installations always, on some level, embrace viewers in a particular space. What is an embrace without the breath and heartbeat?

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