Me: So, what do you think of my paintings?
Arthur Danto: You should do more performance art.
My work examines social, cultural and economic inclusion (and exclusion) through public “performative interactions”.
Growing up with a multi-ethnic background while being raised by blue-collar parents in an upper-middle-class suburb of Los Angeles, I simultaneously identified with many different groups while never truly feeling accepted by any of them. Through my work, I attempt to discover a personal sense of belonging while exploring broader issues of social, cultural and economic inclusion (and exclusion). I present my projects in public, non-traditional art spaces so as to connect with a diverse audience of individuals from disparate backgrounds and identities.
I earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and have exhibited my paintings, installations, videos and performances in Los Angeles, New York City and internationally. Highlights include solo shows at Pehr Space in Echo Park, New York’s School of Visual Arts and Gallerie in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Group exhibitions include shows at Cynthia Broan Gallery and Artists Space in New York City, Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL and Lifebomb Gallery in Berlin, Germany. I’ve attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center as well as the nomination-only Acadia Summer Art Program in Acadia, Maine (where I was seated next to Arthur Danto one time at a dinner party).
During my time in Brooklyn, I exhibited with Open Ground, an artist collective based in Williamsburg and was a founding member of the multi-media collaborative art team, D.e.M.O. While working at the non-profit art education organization, Studio in a School, I organized numerous shows promoting other artists living and working in NYC. Most notable among these was the exhibition "See Something / Say Something" at my short-lived, Brooklyn-based, pop-up gallery, Lefferts Space.
I currently live and work in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.