My artistic journey has been a profound exploration of my identity as a rural living, autistic artist. In my mid-twenties, I left my rural hometown for the Twin Cities to pursue my dance career, but despite success, depression and anxiety got the better of me, and I took a break from art. Seeking solace, I started volunteering on farms, and as I began to heal, I questioned whether leaving rural spaces was necessary for my creative aspirations.
In 2018, I decided to return to rural living, and that journey brought healing, wisdom, and a resurgence of creativity. Two Harbors, Minnesota, where I now call home, not only supports my art but also sparks new creative possibilities. Nature has become my ultimate collaborator, inspiring me to explore new mediums and reigniting my passion for experimentation.
In 2021, I debuted my first screendance, a hybrid medium that merges dance and film, the I's have it, and it received screenings regionally, nationally, and internationally. Currently, object permanence, a screendance + interactive installation, is touring film festivals and galleries. I'm proud to be a 2023 Upstream Artist Fellow (you can check out my fellowship project, just now on Instagram) and a 2022-2023 Minnesota Creative Support for Individuals Awardee. This Fall, I'll be presenting tender offerings at the Two Harbors Public Library. Part art exhibit, part community gathering/art project, part zine, this work is a heartfelt gift to self, community, and the earth.
I make further meaning in my life with Wildhaven, a sustainable lodging retreat on Minnesota’s North Shore that I own and operate with my spouse. Wildhaven connects people and planet through rest and creativity.