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- How and when did you start creating?
I gained recognition for my work at a very young age, which affirmed my desire to be an artist when I grew up. So I proceeded with a career in art. What I didn't know was that I would later develop an interest in science in addition to art. I studied art very seriously, but just for fun I picked up a second major in college – Chemistry – and worked in a couple of science laboratories during my college years. I now simply approach art as a career and science as a hobby. Both fields have creativity at their core.
- What is your primary medium and what will you be showing at the Ravenswood ArtWalk?
My current primary medium is works on paper, mostly involving drawing combined with watercolor and ink. The series of drawings that I am currently most invested in, titled Pareidolia, very loosely resembles scientific illustration.
- Where do you find your inspiration? What is your greatest influence?
I find my inspiration in so many different things on a daily basis that it is difficult to pinpoint one source. My greatest influence, however, is probably the field of science. Recently, I have been using artwork to raise questions regarding the boundaries of humanness, to redefine where the person ends and the "other" begins and to find non-traditional ways of characterizing a human being. Regardless of the topic at hand, the ideas exist in a constant stream.
- This year the Chicago Artist Month theme is Art Block by Block, which looks at the impact of artists on community, describe your experience as a creative in your neighborhood?
For the past couple of years I have rented a studio/office on Montrose Avenue, where I have been working, hosting artist meetings, and occasionally opening my doors to the general public. Although my hours are irregular and the studio is essentially a workspace and an office – it is nevertheless a visible storefront in Ravenswood. I think it's important for people to know where they can reach their local artist for all their aesthetic needs . . . Kidding aside – art comes from somewhere; it's important for artists to stay visible – to show the creative determination, inquiry, and rigor that are needed in this field.
- What are you looking forward to seeing at the 2012 Ravenswood Artwalk?
Lots of new art – and I am very curious about the film screenings. That is an exciting addition!
- Explain the images you are submitting for the blog.
I began working on the Pareidolia series by spilling ink on paper and drawing what I saw: laboratory equipment and glassware. But as I developed the work, the images gradually shifted from inanimate objects to intestines and neurons, eventually becoming strange representations of the human body. My Pareidolia series contains the visual language of scientific illustration, but I approach it from a speculative and experimental angle, raising questions in place of literal or otherwise representational imagery. Instead of aiming for accurate illustration, I am interested in questioning our observations and values.