I am a graphic designer, artist and educator.My modus operandi is to be involved in meaningful work that makes a positive impact on the lives of others. I believe I have the power to create significant change. Since 2001, I have studied, trained, and worked on issues of inclusion, equity, and empowerment. I devoted my career to social justice: from working in a University women’s center; to running an LGBTQ advocacy organization; to teaching Women’s & Gender Studies at a Kentucky college; to creating a community newspaper that amplifies the voices of community members; to utilizing my technical skills in marketing and visual communications at grassroots non-profits. Currently, I work at a soup kitchen in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Cincinnati. The work I do daily is all about making sure that poor people have access to food and social services. My impact is limited here because the work fails to adequately address structural inequalities, however it is still extremely meaningful.
I received a B.S. in Social Science from Boise State University, minoring in Sociology, Psychology, Dispute Resolution and Fine Art. In undergrad I enrolled in every studio art class I could including photography, graphic design and printmaking. After receiving my bachelors, I uprooted to Cincinnati to pursue a Master of Art in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati. During graduate school I studied printmaking at DAAP, where I learned lithography and screen-printing and sharpened my skills in woodcutting and collagraph printmaking methods, using time spent in those courses to visually communicate my MA project.
My MA project was pretentiously titled “Taboo Bodies, Omnipotent Flesh” where I explored the vulnerability of racial categories to argue that the existence of bi-racial identities symbolize a transgression of boundaries, de-stabilizing essentialist identity categories.
Instinctively I was drawn to work on projects and programs that engage the community and disrupt oppressive social norms.
Past community work in Idaho includes organizing a Women’s History Month National Juried Art Exhibit, and a concert series titled "Women Who Rock," both designed to promote visibility for women artists; Organizing Take Back The Night - a rally and march to raise awareness about the prevalence and prevention of sexual violence; Organizing a Clothesline Project - where women from a local shelter create works of art that address their experiences with violence, which are then “aired out” to raise awareness; and Love Your Body Day - a project that challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her looks. I also starred in three productions of The Vagina Monologues, one of which I produced.
In Cincinnati, my work has included teaching women's studies courses; spearheading a plan to revitalize a community newspaper; working with high school and college students across the city, state and country on poverty education; advocacy on issues that affect people living in poverty; training and managing formerly homeless individuals to sell a local newspaper; creating a community radio show; and involvement in neighborhood community engagement efforts by serving on the Northside Community Council.
I am currently working on a body of work exploring the social construction of race, sexuality, gender, and class in the historical context of the United States.