Art has been with me from the beginning. I am a fourth generation photographer and there has not been a time in my life when I was not drawing. I studied photographic techniques as well as other art practices at Collin College in Plano, Texas and Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. My father taught me the value of working with my hands and I have long found interest in everyday objects and absurdities.
Much of my past artwork has served as a form of self discovery. It looks inward at my own past experiences and the emotional journey of my life. Several years ago, I dealt with a series of unfortunate life events, starting with the separation of my parents and leading through the death of my father, eviction of my sister and myself, and then sifting through the remnants of what my life had become. These events effectively served to deconstruct my assumptions of self identity and pushed me to find what defines me as well as the path I follow in life. My work has utilized this journey as inspiration for a communication of who I am, as a person and as an artist, to the viewer.
More recently my work has adopted a broader idea of perception. After several years of seeking my own personal identity and its relation to my family, experience and surroundings, I have begun to look at identity in terms of how it may relate to a person, object or idea. I am currently looking at the way that constructs of ideas, language and culture affect the divide between perception and the truth of reality.
The merger of photography with drawing, painting and sculpture has interested me for many years. I believe that the most significant advancement in contemporary art is the union between the art forms. My experiments in process speak of crossing the false boundaries of tradition and hybridizing the art world into a singular entity. I am particularly fascinated by the creation of sculptural photographic pieces. The photographic print has long been thought of as a two dimensional image on paper. My most recent work breaks from that tradition into new ground and is free from the boundary of the flat plane. Pushing the work into the realm of sculpture allows for a wide range of aesthetics and conceptual practices.
2015- MFA in Intermedia Studio Art, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
2014 BFA in Photography, Texas Woman's University, Denton,TX
2011 Associates of Arts in Photography, Collin College, Plano, TX
2016 MFA Summer Exhibition, UTA Art Gallery, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.
2016 Paper Weight, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
2016 Temporary Collectives: Watchtower, 500 Singleton, Dallas, TX
2016 Rising Eyes of Texas, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX
2016 Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University Art Gallery, Denton, TX
2015 Sensuous World, The Galleries at Eastfield College, Eastfield College, Dallas, TX
2015 Made in Italy, Gallery West, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
2015 International Exhibition, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy
2015 The Consortium, 500 Singleton, Dallas,TX
2014 Wunderkammer: Graduate Photography, Gallery 343, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX
2014 Chaos to Clarity, BFA Exhibition, East Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
2014 Restless Delusions, Solo Exhibition, 010 Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
2013 Voertman's Student Art Competition, East Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
2012 Pathways: Texas Woman's University Student Sculpture Show, East and West Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
2010 Disquiet: Unsettled Suburbia Reception, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX
2010 Lost and Found Photography Scholarship Exhibition, The ARTS Gallery, Collin College, Plano, TX
2010 Student Traveling Photography Exhibition, Orange Coast College, Mesa CA; Collin College, Plano TX; Alberta College of Art and Design, Alberta Canada; Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN; University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Obscura Photo Club Mobile Art Gallery, Deep Ellum Art Walk, Dallas, TX
2009 Seen and Unseen, 14th Street Gallery, Plano, TX
2016 Red River Paper Award, Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX
2015 McDowell Travel Research Grant, McDowell Foundation, University of Texas at Arlington
2009 Photography Scholarship, Collin College, Plano, TX
2015 Cyanotype Workshop, Find Your Space, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX]
2015 Graduate Tours Seminar, Forth Worth Modern Museum of Art, Fort Worth Texas
2015 Lumen Print International Demonstration, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy
2015 Residence Lecture, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence Italy
2015 Association of Texas Photography Instructors, Winter Conference, Large Scale Cyanotype Workshop, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX