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I was born and raised in a pristine sparsely populated town in Wyoming where mountains swallow rivers whole and the sun shines even when it’s 30 below. I enlisted in the Air Force and lived as far west as Anchorage, Alaska and east as Goldsboro North Carolina. While in the armed forces I serviced radar jammers, antennae, hydraulic actuators, learned mechanical assemblage, and sat in the cockpit of F-15’s. After leaving the Air Force I returned home and studied sculpture at the University of Wyoming in Laramie where I received a BFA. After creating a fleet of drawing machines I decided to continue with an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently I am teaching Studio Art and Digital Drawing at Indiana University Bloomington as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

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My practice generally involves searching for coincidentally matching parts out of disassembled objects.  I accumulate and tinker with the many objects until the parts begin to find their own structure. This process continues until a new function emerges. It is this newly derived function that I am most interested in. I find that this organization strategy mimics processes in the natural world. I often begin thinking of collected action/reaction events as individual organs belonging to a larger system at work. As a consumer of contemporary technology, I am charmed by its potentials yet remain skeptical of unintended widespread accidents.  As an artist, I aim to create works that celebrate both positions with moments of contradiction and to ask questions about the balance of efficiencies within systems.

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