ABOUT

I am a transdisciplinary artist and educator working at the intersections of art, trans studies, and technology. I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art in the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University and serve on the Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus and the Editorial Board of the Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus. I received an MFA and MA in 4D Art and an MA in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

My practice is strongly rooted in my experience as a transwoman. Exploring my gender identity, while a deeply personal process, is also an increasingly politicized act that informs my making. The prefix trans- is also a tactic and gesture I employ in my studio practice by moving ideas between and across materials and modes of working in order to explore form and concept. Within this transdisciplinary approach, intricate systems are employed to create visual form, articulate data, and allude to our habitual ordering of peoples and behaviors. 

Engaging with a variety of media including: video, computer code, digital fabrication, writing, photography, printmaking, and bookbinding, my practice relies on the inherent qualities (which are always contested) of the above materials in the building of the pacing, narratives, and metaphors within finished works and installations. 

 

In all of my coding work, I am invested in creating with an open source  mindset. As such, I am working to create an online archive of the code used in my work which can be found HERE.

Online Video Archive

Downloadable Portfolio

CV

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