Prompted by a recent and overtly dramatic break up, I decided to download the infamous dating app, Tinder. After three sad dates and a reality check, I began to notice a trend: profile after profile of singular dudes holding a singular fish. I inevitably stopped pursuing “love” and decided to use Tinder strictly for research, collecting hundreds of fish men one swipe at a time.
From this ongoing research I’m creating a large series of blind contour drawings of various men holding fish. Staring only at my iphone in hand, I begin with the fish and give myself between 3-8 minutes to draw the man I see on paper. More often than not, the drawing only slightly resembles fragments of the actual image. These blind contour drawings reference blind dating in today's online world. Reality doesn't always line up with the self image portrayed through a screen. So far Kyle, 28 is my favorite.
Digital inkjet, graphite hybrids
Uprooted for a Still Life
2015, Digital Inkjet, pastel on panels, 13.5” x 20”
Suppress the giggle, Free the nipple
graphite, digital inkjet, gauche
Three Finger Point
Digital Inkjet, 2015
stone lithograph on digital inkjet, 2016
Nice to Meet You; Sunday School Table for Two
2015, Digital Inkjet on panels, 22” x 14.5”
Red on Red, Pew On Carpet
2015, digital inkjet on panels, 12” x 16”
His Paternal Polo Connects my Dots
2015, Digital inkjet on panel
House of Cheese
2015, silkscreen, 12" x 12"
Textual Tension with Lone Hair
2015, Digital inkjet, door stopper on panel, 14” x 25”
My Grandma Thinks I'm a Lesbian
2015, Silkscreen, single hair, 13.5” x 20”
It All Goes to my Hips
2015, Digital Inkjet, hairnet, drawer knob, on panel, 9” x 14.5”
The Easy Button Dream push me as if embedded Into my flesh cyclical days centered on instantaneous squares
2015, Acrylic, doorstopper, found object, 5"x5"
Focus on the Flesh
2015, Digital Inkjet, 14" x 9"
I'm Morally Against Baby Carrots
2015, Silkscreen, paint, 13.5” x 20”
Any Life, Any Life But This
Digital inkjet on panel, glass, acrylic, 12" x 16"
Two Fat Frees in a Murky Pool of Self
2015, Digital Inkjet, 14"x9"
Live Simply in the Green
2015, Digital Inkjet, gauche, 14" x 9"
2015, digital inkjet,
ENLARGED TO SHOW TEXTURE
Enlarged to Show Texture is taken from the fine print printed on many consumer food products in which the image on the box is enlarged and therefore deceiving, as it’s appearance tends to be more appealing than the reality found inside.
Growing up in Midwestern suburbia, I have become both obsessed and repulsed by the superficial realism of our consumer driven and self seeking culture that encompasses my daily routine. This work simultaneously celebrates and critiques the fabricated happiness pervasive in our society, while drawing relationships between the everyday mundane, consumerism, sexuality and religion.
As an employee at a trendy frozen yogurt store, I encounter the ongoing ritualistic tasks of middle class America. During my shifts the carefree music of Jack Johnson directs the mood on loop. Customers are greeted with happy hellos, and fluorescent painted walls of positivity. Children and parents alike, smile in tune to the comfort and immediacy of sweet treats. Among the 40 plus froyo toppings, rainbow sprinkles remain the most popular. Tempting because of their color, sweetness and childhood nostalgia, sprinkles provide instant gratification. However they are artificial, lacking both substance and nutrition.
Through sound, video and print media I examine the physical surface and psychological depth of sprinkles and household products in relation to the mind and body in a formal, minimalistic context. Although various textures are displayed, the viewer is denied the sensation of touch, left only with a desire for the real. By elevating and enlarging the generic, I question what the image points to beyond the surface of humor and absurdity- and into the texture of the sublime.
By reverting back to a childlike innocence of carefree happiness, I immerse myself in our sentimental culture while bathing in rainbow sprinkles. Simultaneously, I desire to cleanse myself from such artificiality. I continue to search for my identity as I inevitably drown myself in my own image of femininity, guilt, and self-worship within the present. While searching for contentment and fulfillment, I am left empty and stained as I reflect upon the unsubstantial value of an idealistic image. Too much sugar makes one sick.
As I become consumed by consumption, my identity is continually conflicted between the superficial façade of our culture and the desire to grasp a deeper meaning. By removing these products off the shelves and placing them into a quiet minimal space, I aim to investigate beneath the surface of the everyday by questioning what it means to be real, to be human.
“The push for earthly bliss is at the core of the American soul.”-Eric G. Wilson
ENLARGED TO SHOW TEXTURE The bathtub is not only a container for the sprinkles, but also a container for my body bathing in these sprinkles, which was filmed, and then projected. This large- scale video runs for the duration of 14 minutes on continuous loop to symbolize the repetition of the every day, the continual cycle of desire and fulfillment within consumerism, religion and sexuality.
CLEAN HANDS The viewer must look inside the opening of the vent in order to view a small video projection. The video is a short two and half minute looping depiction of my hands massaging shags of flesh colored carpet. As I slowly pour water and sprinkles, my hands and carpet are stained purple. The act of looking inward and downward, is a metaphor for looking beneath the surface of an image, an attempt at self reflection in which the stains point to a dirtier reality, hidden within the outer image of cleanliness and idealized perfection.
Enlarged To Show Texture
Enlarged to Show Texture, Exhibition in Gallery 5, Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO
Two-person exhibition and collaboration with Jessica Machacek at Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, GA.
"UGA MFA candidate Jessica Machacek and MFA candidate at the University of Kansas Ella Weber are two artists who examine, through sculpture and photography, the physical and psychological presence of everyday objects. Their works blend concepts of the found and the fabricated, the real and the synthetic as the artists explore a late-capitalist mode of production that relies on and creates overconsumption, superficial realities, and constructed happiness."
2014, Digital Inkjet adhered to pedestal, 4’2 x11” x 11”
Towel Touch (no. 2)
2015, Digital Inkjet Scans on Panel, 20.5"x40.5"
Towel Touch (no. 1)
2015, Digital Inkjet Scans on Panel, 20.5"x40.5"
home n food
Drained | Digital inkjet | 2014
Digital Print | 2014
Cheese Stack | Digital inkjet | 18"x27" | 2014
Empty Box | Digital inkjet | 30"x22" | 2014
Reproduction | Digital inkjet | 20"x30" | 2014
Tipsy Couch | Digital inkjet | 18"x26" | 2014
Erected Monument | Digital inkjet | 24"x32" | 2014
Mantlescape | Digital inkjet | 24.5"x14" | 2014
Toast | Digital inkjet | 11.5"x15.25" | 2014
Summer Vacation| Digital inkjet | 27"x20" | 2014
Lemon Head | Digital inkjet | 18"x24" | 2014
Planted | Digital inkjet | 18"x27" | 2014
Lonely Bball Man | Digital inkjet | 18"x27"" | 2014
Green Space | Digital inkjet | 20"x30" | 2014
This book acts as a store catalogue, bathtub reading material, and a religious book of liturgy. It is 76 pages of scanned images showcasing mundane carpet textures with various food particle stains. In between the images are six poems that I wrote, allowing the viewer to further read into the conceptual intentions of the exhibition.