I am social choreographer, site specific performance artist, and educator interested in everyday gestures of human connection. Through my practice, I create experiences and events that prioritize empathy and engage participants in collective self reflection.
I deeply enjoy working collaboratively. This winter, Eric John Olson, Tamin Totzke, and I took up residence at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park to realize our recent project, Orbiting Together. This work used a network of satellites flying over the sculpture park as triggers for messages encouraging participants to engage their somatic awareness. Individuals who opted into the system created a rhizomatic positioning system composed of people in the place of technology.
Since 2014, I have had a long term collaboration with choreographer, Tamin Totzke. Together we produced Study of Time and Motion, a large-scale group performance series and film project presented at Seattle’s Georgetown Steam Plant, along the banks of the Duwamish River, and inside Henry Art Gallery. In 2017, we developed an interactive performance, Each Other, shared in a series of public open rehearsals at MadART Studios. In 2018, Tamin joined artist Eric John Olson and me to produce two large participatory performances at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park.
My work has been funded by: Seattle Art Museum OSP Residency, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Eichholz Foundation, Laurel's Fellowship, Simon Benson Scholarships and Duwamish Revealed. You can find publications about my practice in The Seattle Times, CityArts Magazine, The Stranger, Critical Reads, Seattle Art Museum Blog, and many others. My events have been experienced both nationally and internationally. I am currently a MFA candidate in Portland State University's flexible residency program in Art and Social Practice.
An Iowan by virtue and vagabond at heart, I am happily rooted in Walla Walla, Washington. My vibrant small town is nestled among expansive agricultural fields and the Blue Mountains, yet just a stones throw from Seattle and Portland where I have also a rich creative community. Community and connection are the source and purpose of my creative work. I aim to use my collaborations and creative practice to work toward equity, justice and mindfulness in the world.