Like the multi-layered, resonating hum of an empty metal water tank, my work reverberates between disparate practices of agriculture, music, and art to examine the multiple interpretations of place and how it is occupied and navigated.
Born and raised in the plains of north-central Montana, my art practice is influenced by agricultural traditions found within rural areas unusually mixed with ten plus years of piano lessons. Like a tributary finding its main course, my work combines agriculture, music, and art in order to emphasize how humans physically, sonically, and culturally navigate landscapes through cultural, physical, and phenomenological lines and borders. I manipulate and recreate objects such as cattle guards, barbed wire fences, and IBC totes; transforming them into vibrating, sounding bodies that allow for the viewer to experience these common everyday objects from a different perspective. This allows individuals to understand how sounds and objects physically alter bodily responses to the surrounding environment.
As a practitioner of deep listening, exploring and understanding the body’s reaction to sound is an essential aspect of my artistic practice and research. Understanding the mental and physical aspects of listening is synonymous with making sound. As such, deep listening entails an awareness of one’s surroundings, rooted both in individual and community perspectives. Common themes within my work are collaboration, community engagement, and the act of listening to physical place(s).
MFA - 2020
University of Colorado Boulder
BFA - 2016
University of Montana - Missoula