Research and Reflections: Fulbright Taiwan Journal

October 31, 2018

An Excuse to Get Started
(excerpted from the full essay)

I once listened to an interview with a famous artist, who when asked if she cared whether people knew something about the original influences in her work, replied: “Well, it’s nice if they know, but it doesn’t really matter. Those things were just an excuse for me to get started.”

As an artist, I feel a strong resonance with this statement. I am always looking for an excuse to get started, whether it is conscious or not. I think it’s common to want to ground yourself in something – anything – so that you feel a sense of purpose or direction with your work. Do I need my audience to know and understand this grounding? Not necessarily in its entirety. I aim for my work to impart nonverbal ideas, and for me these ideas stem from a collective knowledge of objects and spaces. To present work that does this, however, generally requires a substantive amount of research, much of which I do not expect an audience to need in order to appreciate my work. If someone decides to dig deeper, they will find themselves rewarded with a greater understanding of my thinking, a richer experience with the work, and most likely, evidence of my original excuse to get started.

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Research and Process: Interview with Fulbright Taiwan

August 2018

In Residence: Selections from Haystack's Open Studio Residency

Haystack Center for Community Programs
Deer Isle, Maine
July 20 - September 1, 2018
Opening reception: Sunday, July 22

2017-18 Fulbright Research Fellowship Award

September 2017 - July 2018


Residency @ Hewnoaks Artist Colony

July 22-29, 2017
Lovell, Maine
Hewnoaks Artist Colony


Residency @ Haystack Open Studio Residency

May 29 - June 9, 2017
Deer Isle, Maine
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts



Solo Exhibition
Five Points Gallery
Torrington, CT
Opening Reception: Friday, February 15, 6 pm



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