I am a queer, trans, disabled artist. While I don't make art explicitly about my identities, all my work is informed by that experience. My forms interact with it differently, but each travels through the lens of the body: how does it move, what is its shape, where are its boundaries? How do other people engage with the body? How does a body engage itself with the world?
My dance work is thoughtful, and often focuses on relationships: between people or between a person and environment. Evening length work One, Two was described by reviewer Jim Lowe as "a tender odyssey". As a dancer, as in my everyday life, I am comfortable moving in multiple modalities - wheeling, walking with crutches, moving with the help of floor or other environmental features - and I am able to use that fluidity in complex and often surprising ways choreographically. I am interested in the shifts between effort and ease, and where each can be found in my own body. I am deeply in love with the unique aesthetics of disabled dance, and the possibilities available within.
I am also a poet and prose author, and a textile artist. I have experience in spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, knitting, and more. My interest in embodiment and in sensory experiences bridges between all these forms - I seek to bring the audience to an understanding of a different kind of body, through my own body but also theirs, their own senses. To that end, I am exploring the creation of mixed-media, immersive performance installations, taking multiple perspectives at once and integrating them through the senses with a Universal Design framework. What does it mean to not only observe but to feel, hear, and move?
Profile photo by Mark Collier.