Biography

I maintain a process-based artistic practice. Over the past five years, I have specifically focused on rafoo (darning or re-weaving) and paper inlay. After being awarded the Fullbright-Nehru, I traveled to India to research the intersection of craft and fine art. During that time, I worked with the late artist Priya Ravish Mehra and master rafoogars (professional darners.) As a result, I incorporating traditional darning techniques into my own pieces. This is how my Altered series came to be, a collection of architectural shapes on found textiles. Most recently the series was featured at The Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea, New York as a part of the exhibit Alterations Activation Abstraction curated by Betty Seid.

 

Previously, I was in residence at McDowell Artists Colony, Haystack Mountain School of Craft and The Ragdale Foundation. I have also been honored to be an Affiliate at Headlands Center for the Arts and received an Individual Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council. In addition to my art, I have a passion for teaching. My appointments include a position at the California State University of Sacramento in California; the Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia; and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Contemporary Practices Department. The latter is my alma mater, where I received a BFA in 1992 and went on to receive an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  I have exhibited my artwork in the US and abroad. I live between Chandigarh, India, and Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, I currently maintain a studio at the Hyde Park Art Center.