I am an artist based in Rochester and Brooklyn, NY. My work has been exhibited internationally.
In my narrative video work, I translate the language of cinema through "minor" play, using consumer technologies and non-actors to sculpt vernacular stories from archival documentary source materials. The economy of the narratives deliberately exploit the perceptual gap between stratified media conventions to illuminate the entanglement of power with the imagination and expose social constructs. In my current work, I shift away from narrative and instead use observation and translation to explore the border between language and abstraction. I am focusing my narrative interests on writing a creative non-fiction memoir about my adolescence.
Since 2008, a significant part of my practice has been creating projections for collaborative multimedia projects. My recent work for the St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway productions of Oklahoma! was recognized with an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Projection Design.
I received my BA in Cultural Studies and Film Studies from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2001 and an MFA in Film/Video from Bard College in 2006. In 2009, I was awarded a fellowship from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to pursue a Ph.D. in Electronic Art, which I completed in 2013. My academic research interests have included narrative video art, narrativity in storytelling and representation, the intersection of documentary and fiction practices, and the empirical subject.
I am an Assistant Professor of Fine Art in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I teach concepts, theories, and practices of video, photography, and related media. In 2020, I received the Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
*photo by Lloyd McCullough