As a new media artist and composer, I have been commissioned multiple times to write various creations. My music compositions are interdisciplinary works often connecting theatre and dance elements with integrated multimedia components. My interactive installations are created with various medias that changes and responds, and indeed depends upon the direct interaction of the viewer.
It is my belief that any particular art form can offer the creator-explorer a lifetime of possibilities in that there is always something new to learn or simply have the serendipitous luck of finding. This I believe is also true for the recipients of any works of expression. Thus when combining multiple art forms to one interconnected expression, the depths become almost inconceivable. Sometimes the very act of attempting to combine each "universe" or art forms can remove focus from core offerings of each; but the joy I find is in attempting to integrate those worlds into new interconnected experiences as a new expression. The central axiom of my explorations is to assume that the "whole is greater than the sum of the parts".
My primary artistic goal is to take the ephemeral qualities of sound and combine them with non-transitory aspects of visual arts. With regard to interactive installations, my secondary goal is to take this synthesis of the static and dynamic and ultimately have it controlled by the viewer.
Through this fusion, I have found that the very nature of the design for the final work must be primarily non-linear; the various time and space elements must be designed to work in both worlds. Elements such as composed lines, timbres, textures, visual images, lights, fixed media such as glass or ceramics, are triggered and change in accordance to the participant’s color of clothing, position, and movement within the given space. Creating music lines, harmonic progressions, 3D images, lights, filtered images of the viewer, surround-sound, and other elements that might occur in any order and combination as controlled by the chance elements of position, color, and motion ultimately determined by the viewer is a fascinating composition situation.
Although throughout the centuries various “schools of thought” have been formulated via positions on the continuum between the subjective and the objective, I believe that it is the central goal of the artist to learn and understand the scientific truths of their media and ultimately apply that objective knowledge to the pursuit of the subjective. I also believe that meaning is relative to the experience of the viewer.
Central to all of my installation creations is the literal exploration of the adage “you get out of it, what you put into it” by making the very actions of the viewer dynamically impact, effect, and literally change the visual and aural components of the work. My installations are designed to create a sense of discovery with the hopes of cognitive, emotional, and physical engagement.
My continued goal as an artist is to continually explore and learn the objective elements of both contemporary and traditional arts tools and to apply them via the creation of works that explore the interconnected possibilities of creative expression.
Ph.D Music Education
University of Minnesota
Master of Music Vocal Performance
Kent State University
Bachelor of Music Vocal Performance and Compostion
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Interactive Multimedia Artist,
Music Composer, Performer, and
New Media Artist and Composer