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Education
2004BFA, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
Professional Experience
2004 - PresentPlastic Camera Studio, Nashua, NH
2004Lecturer, New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists
2004Lecturer, New Hampshire Institute of Art
2000-2004Regional Judge, Reflections, Londonderry, NH
2001Study Abroad, Burren College of Art, Co., Clare, Ireland
Awards
2002Best New Media
New Hampshire Institute of Art, 104th Student Exhibition
1999First Place - Black and White Photography
New Hampshire Institute of Art, 101st Student Exhibition
Collections
Trevor Menagh, Tokyo Japan
Amanda Coggin, Brighton, MA
Billie Gannon, Cocoa Beach, FL
Merrel Davis, Manassas, VA
Michael Kuntz, New York, NY
Antonio Borelli, New York, NY
Clinton Norton, New York, NY
Trevor Delany, New York, NY
William Marrs, Cornish, NH
Gary Samson, Concord, NH
Michael Ariel, Manchester, NH
One Person Exhibitons
2003Gallery 7, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2002Borders Books, Nashua, NH
Group Exhibitions
2005Almost Human: Toys, Dolls & Robots in Contemporary Art, Huterdon
Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
2004AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY
Commencement Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH
200323rd Fall Festival Show, Beaver Brook Association, Hollis, NH
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, New York, NY
The Handmade Photograph, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH
2002104th Student Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH
2001103rd Student Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH
Back from Burren, White Pines College, Chester, NH
Back from Burren, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester,
NH
Burren College of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland
2000102nd Student Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH
1999101st Student Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, NH

Artist's Statement

My intent for this series is to showcase these small, plastic, mass produced action figures.  They are children’s playthings; sculpted with the aid of machines, made to mimic human bodies with human gestures.  These small, unimportant pieces of plastic are made so children can role-play and assume other identities; become heroes, villains, and take on other imagined roles.

I have chosen to create portraits of these images and enlarge them, giving these insignificant plastic toys a new identity.  Upon first glance, these images could fool one into thinking they are just snapshots of people; human beings being caught in a portrait.  With closer inspection, the viewer discovers that these images are not of people at all; they are of eight inch plastic action figures which are normally ignored, cast aside and forgotten.

As an only child in my family, toys helped keep me entertained – they gave me a chance to create vast universes and toys occupied those places in my mind.

It is my intent to give these plastic dolls new lives by focusing on their imperfections which, even though they are clones made on an assembly line, are unique with scratches, markings, cuts and imperfect painting.  These flaws make them as varied and as diverse as any human being. It is flaws and unique characteristics which give us identity.  These very same flaws make these toys more than just lifeless plastic molds. They are as unique and individual as any real person.

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