Born and raised in the small town of Mount Juliet Tennessee to two veterinarians, I was taught to appreciate the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. I technically began my collegiate career during high school when I attended the Governor School for the Arts hosted at Middle Tennessee State University. It was there that I discovered my deep passion for Sculpture and Printmaking, two mediums I had no previous experience and very little knowledge in. In the fall of 2011, I began my studies at The University of Tennessee Knoxville, Where I am currently getting my Bachelor’s degree in sculpture.
Over the course of my college career, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn a variety of techniques and materials. My earlier work focused on the creation of a series of fictitious animals, in which I used my knowledge of sculpture and printmaking to not only create the creatures, but the surrounding environment that gave them life through the fabrication of a fictitious universe in which they exist. I have accomplished this by creating busts of the creatures as well as mock dissection slides, anatomy prints, cutouts from medical journals, and a variety of other objects that indicate the creatures exist not only within their own universe but ours. This includes the staging of models and samples within actual scientific settings like a museum. My most recent work seeks to create the same suspension of disbelief in their existence and are focused on a series of bionic and cybernetic prosthesis that are made by a fictitious company called Facsimile Industries. Through the guise of Facsimile Industries I have been able to create believable prosthesis that not only mask their non-functionality, but captivate the viewer with their forms that combine utilitarian aesthetics with natural forms.