My process of creation is one of active reflection and release. I engage with the concepts I am attempting to work through by meditating on an idea or experience. Then slowly, I begin to transfer those thoughts onto a visible medium; line by line, frame by frame, and layer by layer. I use plastic based polymers, alcohol suspensions, and other synthetic products to create my pieces. Each layer supports the next by creating chemical bonds that envelop and suspend the pigments inside. Going back and forth I remove any aberrations or distracting elements by cutting, sanding or covering, before reevaluating the piece and adding on to it again. The transformational nature of each piece is reflective of the fluid evolution that I experience during its creation. To have these impressions manifest as art, facilitates my own acceptance of the originating ideas and encounters. With each piece I am validating my own perceptions and fears while simultaneously evolving with them.
This self reflection is present in all my works regardless of how realistic or abstract the final outcome. What is portrayed in the final piece captures a perspective of my personal journey toward peaceful resolution. I continue to strive for a complete removal of natural elements and fibers from my work. As my process evolves and progresses, the traditional framework created by canvas, paper, wood and stone will slowly disappear as it transitions into a state of fully layered pigment suspension inside a polymer form. Viewing a finished piece creates an atmosphere of calm and relief within me. That moment of healing brings meaning and balance to my life.
I was born in Kings County, New York, on a beautiful winter morning. In 1997, I served as part of the United States Armed Forces. It was during that time that I first started using the creation of art to ease the stresses in my life. I wanted to know and do more than I was currently able to. That's when I began to pursue a formal education in arts communication.
Pursuing that education, is when I first began working with epoxies and polyurethanes. Still undeveloped, I earned an Associate in Fine Arts degree in 2011 for my surreal and impactful photographic and digital work. I continued to research and experiment with polymers and pigments while my photographic skill continued to develop. That experimentation lead me to begin using hand drawing, illustration, and painting techniques in order to strengthen my understanding of manipulating wet/dry pigments while they are in a liquid state. In 2014, I began my journey toward a Bachelor's degree and changed my concentration to sculpture.
Outside of my formal education I also study with The Arcanum, a New Zealand based artist mentorship program. Under the mentorship of Jessica Lark, I studied the formal relationship of creation and expression as a healing tool, studying the emotional and psychological impacts of color, shape, and perspective in image creation.
2017: Unnamed, Bottega Gallery, Wilmington, NC - Addie Wuensch
2016: Art 4 Vets, Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, NY
2015: RAW: Sensory, Charlotte, NC - Catherine Hooper
2014: State of the Art/Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC - Nora Burnett Abrams, Peter Eleey, Laura Hoptman, Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson
2013: NC Fetish Art Festival, Durham, NC
2012: Fear, Projekte Gallery, Wilmington, NC - Kraig Bienias
2012: Art Takes Times Square, Times Square, Manhattan, NY - Chashama & Artists Wanted
2011: State of the Art/Art of the State, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC - Susan Davidson, Nicholas Cullinan, Apsara Di Quinzio, Timothy Anglin Burgard