The Naked Truth
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Glenview, Illinois, USA
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern Illinois University, in Chicago, where I double majored in both Art and Anthropology. In Anthropology, I spent a great deal of my studies on human variation and cultural anthropology. This is where a light turned on and I first started to merge my work in ceramics with my studies in Anthropology.
The human form has always been a subject in most cultures, either in the context of the exhibition of or inhibition of the body. It has often been the subject of art throughout history and throughout cultures. As I began to explore the human form in my own work, I felt it needed to be more than just the subject for a viewer’s gaze.
I realized my ceramic pieces could become the matrix to tell a larger, shared narrative. That is when I started collaborating with another artist for the figure series. Currently, I work for Shimpo Ceramics in Itasca, IL. I also teach ceramics at the Brickton Art Center, in Park Ridge, IL. At Brickton I was fortunate enough to collaborate with fellow artist and teacher Natalya Sturlis.
Natalya and I have now collaborated on a number of works addressing the human form. Where I largely deal with the outer spaces of the human form, Natalya pulls from the inner space of the human body to be the subject of her work. In working together we have merged our two ideas pulling the human form away from being the subject and making it the canvas for Body Art.