How do we become who we are? A central theme of my life has been the ways in which we protect ourselves and present to others. As an adoptee and parent of a transgender child, the superficial structures we cultivate and the exposure of our core vulnerability are central to both my artwork and past work as an activist. I have always explored questions about our intrinsic desire to be seen and valued, and the assumptions we maintain about ourselves and others and how we fit in the world.
Layering, first of paper, then of paint, became method and metaphor in uncovering and connecting with my inner self. My abstract paintings explore space, distance, and perception through the natural translucent materials of beeswax and damar resin, which allow the creation of atmosphere as well as sculptural surface treatment. This is a language that traces my inner turbulence, exuberance, and complexity. The process, of building, layering, scraping back, choosing how much to expose or obscure, reflects a sense of inspection and introspection. My work is concerned with preconceptions about what we see, and how this might be altered as we become more sensitized to what lies beneath the surface. Through its layered and sensual slowness, my work encourages exploration and a sense of journey.
BFA, Washington University, Majors in Graphic Design and Printmaking
Holzwasser Gallery, Interpretations of the Physical World: Crystalle Lacouture, Deborah Peeples, and Barbara Trachtenberg, Newton, MA, juror Sarah Montross, 2018
Atlantic Gallery, Hopeful Darkness, New York, NY, juror Ingrid Dinter, 2017
CAA BLUE, Juror’s Choice Award, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, juror Vera Ingrid Grant, 2017
CAA Emerging Artists, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, jurors Jenny Brown, Caleb Cole, Lavaughan Jenkins, Brittany Marcoux and Stephanie Vovas, 2017
Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2017
The Creative Process, New Art Center, Newton, MA, 2017
Cambridge Open Studios, The Atrium at Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, 2017
Cambridge Art Association Showcase, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2017
Miniatures, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA, juror Marni Katz, 2017
In Flawed Abundance, New Art Center, Newton, MA, juror Miles Conrad, 2017
The Portrait Show, Jo Hay Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2016
International Encaustic Artist (IEA), member since 2016
Cambridge Art Association, member since 2017