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I am an observer and a maker. My work is a reflection of the world as I perceive it and therefore takes on a narrative quality. I have always been most articulate visually, and the physical process of making facilitates the examination of my initial observations as a kind of therapeutic research method. Working in contemporary craft, primarily metals and jewelry, carries a tangible, familiar quality that allows me to speak intimately about the human experience.

After a year living abroad from 2008 to 2009, I returned home to view my upbringing in the American suburbs through an entirely new lens; I had gained a comprehension and criticism of the world from which I came that I had never experienced before. I began to see the structures of suburbia not just as passive bystanders to our lives but as active propaganda regulating our thoughts, principles and actions.

My recent work addresses the conformity and constriction of the American suburbs. The body becomes the site for recontextualization and reconstruction of the forms and structures of suburbia; they are a part of our subconscious, a pervasive and fundamental framework through which we interpret the world and live inside of it. This body of work calls the viewer to reevaluate these familiar and seemingly innocuous forms – they transform to become cultish, parasitic, restrictive, and burdensome. I seek to reveal the quiet mantra of American housing pulsing over our landscape as a calculated enforcement of the preordained values of self-sufficiency, homogeneity, private enterprise, and the single family unit. Our homes become containers for our humanness under the inconspicuous guise of choice, individuality, and democratic freedom.

In 2008, I earned a BA in Art with a concentration in Metal Art and Technology from Penn State under James Thurman. In 2014, I completed an MFA in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling under Kathleen Browne. During my time at Kent State, I taught three semesters of "Introduction to Jewelry/Metals", a semester of "Jewelry Concepts and Techniques," and  a semester of "CAD for Jewelry" (student work can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jesstodd/sets/72157632477888454/). I also write an informational blog for Crafthaus, The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists (http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/mfaguidebook).

I now work for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's artist-in-residence program as the Residency Coordinator in Captiva, Florida, and continue my studio practice from my home studio.

EDUCATION
2014: Master of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Kent State University
2008: Bachelor of Arts in Art, concentration in Metal Art and Technology, Penn State University

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2015
Material Matters: Process to Product, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC
Naughty Narratives: Lives Revealed, Art Avenue, Greenville, NC

2014
ASM Art Exhibition, ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, OH
-- Piece chosen for the Permanent Collection
Little Boxes, solo exhibition, Painting Gallery, KSU, Kent, OH
The Digital Hand, School of Art Gallery, KSU, Kent, OH
Material Matters: Making Connections, Art Avenue, Greenville, NC

2013
Home, solo exhibition, Main Hall Art Gallery, KSU at Stark, Stark, OH
Mythical Genitalia, Gallery 1010, UT, Knoxville, TN
ASM Art Exhibition, ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, OH
World Championship Belt Buckle Competition Finalist, online
Home, solo exhibition, Sculpture Gallery, KSU, Kent, OH
KSU MFA 2013, School of Art Gallery, KSU, Kent, OH

2012
American Craft Today, The Bascom, Highlands, NC

2011
6th Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition, Step Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ
28th Biennial Exhibition of the Creative Crafts Council, Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, MD
-- Second Place award in the category of Mixed Media

PUBLICATIONS/WORKS CITED, REVIEWED OR REPRODUCED:
2014: Fabric Printing at Home, Julie Booth, author, Quarry Books
2012: Humor in Craft, Brigitte Martin, author, Schiffer Publishing

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS:
2013: Society of North American Goldsmiths Educational Endowment Scholarship
2011-2013: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Kent State Univ., Kent, OH
2011: Summer Studio Assistantship, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

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