I am a photographer and fine artist based out of Chicago, IL.

Three of Cups

This summer I had the chance to photograph three women who have entered my life and are inspirations to me.  Each of these woman are strong, determined, and fiercely independent.  They are among my many feminist role models. 
Carolina Penafiel - Perseverance
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Carolina personifies the spirit of perseverance.  Running an art organization is hard work.   When I was running an artist collective and times got tough I gave up.  Carolina has a dedication to her community and the mission of Local Project that I admire.  www.localproject.org

Alexandra Roth - Independence
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I had met Alex Roth before I met Alex Roth.  She is a welder, carpenter, and taxidermist.  Her art is intelligent, sometimes disturbing, but always incredibly thoughtful. She brings me hope that “boys club” jobs will give way to a new feminist revolution.  http://alexandraroth.weebly.com/

Julie Simone - Power

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Beauty and power are qualities I see personified in Julie Simone.  Artist, dominatrix, and performer, Julie is open, fierce and extremely talented.  I love her photos and videos, which I had the pleasure of exhibiting last summer.  Her focus and hard work is an inspiration.

Karl Lang

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I had known for a while that my great grandfather was a sculptor and the family lore is that he had worked on Mount Rushmore with Gutzon Borglum.  Recently my mother and father have been doing research and found a great deal of information about his life and work. While visiting me to help me move from NYC to Chicago, my mother and I took a day to travel around Connecticut and visit some landmarks pertaining to my great grandfather’s life.

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In their search for works by Karl Lang, my parents got in contact with the curator of the Stamford Museum. She kindly brought out some sculptures of his from storage that had been donated to the museum.

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Next we visited a monument at Spring Hill Veteran’s Cemetery.  He did this and a few other sculptures while working for the WPA.  His sculpting style is very rough. The chisel marks remain so that I can almost see the hand carving them out. I notice that one figure has his arm up and around his head similarly to one of the nude sculptures from the museum.

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Last we visited his and my great grandmother’s gravestone. We assume because there was an image of another war memorial he created on his gravestone that boy scouts mistook him for a veteran. Despite the confusion I think it is nice to know someone had visited the grave recently. My mother left a blue rose for both great grandparents that she had found in my apartment when I moved out.

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It is really lovely to learn so much about my family heritage. I can’t help but think I have inherited some of my artistic ability and ambition from him. I used to feel detached from my father’s side of the family. I feel a bit closer now and more driven to go further in my pursuit of art.

Surrogate Family

I have been working hard to get all the work I want to do on the East Coast shot before I leave for Chicago.  This week I shot video footage of the New York Farm Colony in Staten Island (post soon to come) and headed immediately off to Rhode Island to see my best friend Liz and her family.  This was my first time meeting her daughter Lydia.  I was amazed at how intelligent and well spoken her 6 year old son Jackson is!  My friends and I nicknamed him Thunder Scorpion before he was born.  I had a great time hanging out with Liz’s family.  Joe and Liz are great parents, it’s inspiring to see them work together to keep their household running.  I am very fortunate to have such amazing and loving people in my life. 

http://mydailyartdisplay.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/family-of-jan-bruegel-by-rubens.jpgFor this piece I am modelling the family after a portrait of Jan Breugel the Elder’s family by Peter Paul Rubens.  This was my first time shooting children.  Jackson was easy to photograph being old enough to understand what I needed him to do.  I think he found the experience fun.  Lydia was a bit fussy but still I think we managed to get the shot fairly quickly using good old fashioned bribery.  She likes fruit snacks and money. 

I think I was spoiled with my first experience photographing kids.

I made this video of the collaborative piece I do with performance artist Coralee Lynn Rose, http://coraleelynnrose.com/

We have performed this piece at Nude Nite Tampa and Orlando, Dirty Show in Detroit, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Local Project, and Pumps in NYC.  Coralee performs for hours, up to if not over 3 hours sitting if I can recall correctly. 

I am really excited to be working on a new piece with her.  This one will also have an interactive element which is part of why I think this piece is so successful. 

First Shoot in my new studio with Foxx Von Tempt!  It was so great to work with her again after the Have No Fear Charity Show for Local Project.  She really is as charming as she is sexy.  Can’t wait to continue shooting more burly-Q folks and other lovely counter culture creatures!  Contact me if you want photos shot, I work for money or barter.