Artist statement

I explore my own lived experiences and my body’s interactions with space as subject matter for my biogrammatic work, in which I seek to give physical presence to my own ethereal encounters with the external world via lived diagrams. My biograms are records of the lived moment, of specific periods of time and particular spaces, of my own life. They consider how I move through and between familiar spaces such as my studio, home, and workplace, as well as how places and routes change me. They present the body and its innards in an abstracted and somewhat playful way in efforts to examine how the body and the spaces it inhabits are intertwined both in reality and as conceptual architectures in the imagination. I explore how abstract and imaginary qualities are shared by buildings and bodies. Both are defined by membranes that take in and let out masses and substances. Blood veins, for instance, appear in my work as moving pathways in the body between oft-visited locations, or between particularly important rooms in a building. In one series of work, the movement occurs as “book cells” duplicate in mitosis. The alignment of cells during reproduction calls for them to arrange themselves in straight rows, much like books upon a shelf. Reading books (or acquiring knowledge of any kind) literally changes me (and others) both intellectually and physically because the connections between brain cells actually multiply as we learn. Psychological events are thus capable of creating effects in the physical world, even when not consciously intended.

In the process of investigating my own interactions with space, I seek to better understand how humans use proprioception (the body’s sense of its own parts, their locations relative to each other and to surroundings, and memorization of repeated familiar actions) and synesthesia (the psychological phenomenon of experiencing strong associations between seemingly unrelated things, such as a number and a color) as new windows into how people experience environments. My work is imaginary in that it is based in perception, cognition, and symbolism, without allowing cognition to be first among equals. My biograms are therefore subjective maps of my experiences with both physical and psychological spaces.

Available work

Cerbera Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

https://www.cerberagallery.com

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Moving Pathways, Cerbera Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2020

Southeast Missouri Arts Council, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 2020

Falling into Place, Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, Nebraska, 2019

Cell Mitosis Library, Carnegie Library, Springfield, Missouri, 2019

Self-Location Project, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Missouri, 2013

RMTArchitects, Kansas City, Missouri, 2013

Husch-Blackwell, Kansas City, Missouri, 2013

Quintiles, Overland Park, Kansas, 2012

Self-Location Project, Light Box Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012

Proprioceptive Biograms, Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities Gallery, Kansas City, Kansas, 2009

Proprioceptive Biograms, Porteous Building, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, 2005

Self-Location Project, Friedman Gallery, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, 2004

Studio 43, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2004

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Postcard Perspectives, {Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK, 2019

August Art Salon, Cerbera Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2019

The Square Faire, White Space Chelsea, New York, NY, 2019

Spring Postcard Exchange, The Postcard Collective, Tucson, AZ, 2019

Explorations in Abstract: Phil Strang and Kory Twaddle, Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, Illinois, 2019

Fall Postcard Exchange, The Postcard Collective, Tucson, AZ, 2018-19

Bits and Pieces, InterUrban Art House, Overland Park, KS, 2018

Summer Postcard Exchange, The Postcard Collective, Tucson, AZ, 2018

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 10X10, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2018

Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2018

The Big Show, Sky Gallery, Springfield-Branson National Airport, Springfield, MO, 2018

Trap X Art, Amadeus Gallery, New York, NY, 2018

Fall Postcard Exchange, The Postcard Collective, Tucson, AZ, 2018

Flat Rate Box, modified/arts, Phoenix, AZ, 2017-18

Unsaid, Florida International University, Miami, FL, 2017

Summer Postcard Exchange, The Postcard Collective, Tucson, AZ, 2017

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 10X10, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2017

UrbanSuburban, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, 2015

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 10X10, Blackfish Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2016

32nd Annual Art Auction, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 2015

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 10X10, Blackfish Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2015

UrbanSuburban, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, 2014

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 10X10, Blackfish Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2014

31st Annual Art Auction, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 2014

Art Faculty Exhibition, Carter Art Center Gallery, Penn Valley Campus, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO, 2013

Rochester 6X6X2013, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY, 2013

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 10X10, Blackfish Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2013

30th Annual Art Auction, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 2013

Kansas City Arts Fund Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2013

UrbanSuburban, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, 2013

Arty Party, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 2012

Art Faculty Exhibition, Carter Art Center Gallery, Penn Valley Campus, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO, 2012

Arts in the Heart, Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS, 2012

Kansas City Arts Fund Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2012

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Ar 10X10, Blackfish Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2012

UrbanSuburban, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, 2012

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Gallery of Art and Design, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, 2011

Arts in the Heart, Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS, 2011

Kansas City Arts Fund Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2011

Art Faculty Exhibition, Carter Art Center Gallery, Penn Valley Campus, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO, 2011

28th Annual Art Auction, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 2011

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Gallery of Art and Design, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, 2010

Self, Jung Society Exhibition, Croft Art Gallery, Waco, TX, 2010

Arts in the Heart, Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS, 2010

Kansas City Arts Fund Exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, 2010

Art Faculty Exhibition, Carter Art Center Gallery, Penn Valley Campus, Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City, MO, 2010

Maine College of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2009

Feria de Abril, Promenade at dos Lagos, Corona, CA, 2007

Faculty Exhibition, Fine Art Gallery, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA, 2007

Maine College of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, Portland Yacht Services, Portland, ME, 2006

Collectible Young New Artists, JRB Art at the Elms, Juried by Joe Andoe, The Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK, 2006

Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still, Downtown Farmer’s Market, Oklahoma City, OK, 2004

Not-So-Silent Night, Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK, 2003

Geocities, curated by Kim Kirk, 2003

Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still, Downtown Farmer’s Market, Oklahoma City, OK, 2003

Islands in a Stream: Stream of Consciousness, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL, 2003

Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still, Stage Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2002

 

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Art in Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Theory

Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, 2006

Thesis: Proprioceptive Biograms

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2001

Painting Major with a Minor in Art History

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Design Consultant, catstudio, Petaluma, CA, 2017

Research Assistant, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 2008—2019

Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan Community College, Penn Valley Campus, Carter Art Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 2008-15

Adjunct Professor, Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012–2014

Adjunct Professor, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, 2010–2012

Adjunct Professor & Exhibition Coordinator, Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas, 2009–12

Photographer, Interstate Studios, Independence, Missouri, 2009-10

Adjunct Professor, Grantham University, Kansas City, Missouri, 2009-10

Adjunct Professor, Allen County Community College, Burlingame, Kansas, 2008–10

Adjunct Professor, Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee, California, 2006–08

Teaching Artist, McCallum Theatre Institute, Palm Desert, California, 2006-08

Guest Artist, Riverside Arts Council, Riverside, California, 2006-08

Visiting Artist, P.A.R.K. At-Risk Program, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2003

Guest Artist, Norman Arts Council, Norman, Oklahoma, 2001-04

Visiting Artist, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2001-04

 

AWARDS

KCArtist Featured Artist, KC Artist Link, 2011

Maine College of Art Grant, Maine College of Art Merit Award, 2005

Maine College of Art Scholarship, Maine College of Art Merit Scholarship, 2004

Professional Basics Grant, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 2004

Spring Award, Art on Paper, Bled, Slovenia, 2002

 

ASSOCIATIONS

Cerbera Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri

Artists’ Files, Spencer Visual Arts Reference Library, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

The Postcard Collective, Tucson, Arizona

Artist Files Archive, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Irving Sandler Artist File

Artist Registry, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, Florida

Now Showing Program, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri

Icosahedron Gallery, New York, New York

Viewing Program and Slide Registry, The Drawing Center, New York, New York

Artists Register, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Artists Registry, Melton Art Reference Library, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Big Idea Is Dead, Student Group, Art Department, University of Oklahoma

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS

Klein, Sheri. Developing a Visually Reflective Practice: A Guide for Professional Self-Study, Chapter Three, Intellect Publishers, 2019

“Artists Phil Strang and Kory Twaddle Share New Explorations in Abstract,” Debra Domai, Smile Politely.com, July 23, 2019

Explorations in Abstract Art Exhibition,” Champaign Park District, July 13, 2019

“On Display,” Bookends, Springfield-Greene County Library District, p 35, March-May, 2019

“‘Big Show’ (and Instagram) Give Exposure to Ozark Artists,” Springfield News-Leader. June 27, 2018

“Big Art at the Springfield Airport,” Springfield News-Leader. June 26, 2018

“Flat Rate Box,” modified/arts. Dec. 15, 2017

Zugazagoitia, Julian “Art Insider: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,” The Independent. July 25, 2015

“UrbanSuburban X: Perception and Reflection,” The Epsten Gallery, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art. September 7, 2014

“Epsten Gallery Presents UrbanSuburban X,” Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Village Shalom. August 26, 2014

UrbanSuburban VIII, Kansas City Museum of Contemporary Art. September 23, 2012

Arts KC Repository. Arts KC.org, February, 2012

Kirt, Julia “Spotlight on Oklahoma’s New and Emerging Arts Leaders: Building Momentum from the Ground Up.” February 24, 2012

“Artists Grapple with Identity in New Downtown Waco Exhibition,” Waco Tribune Herald, July, 2010

Brisendine, Steve “Shared Self-Awareness,” Art KC 365, October 22, 2009

Timeline,” Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, volume 23, no. 4, July/August, 2008, p 19

Kirt, Julia “Gaining Momentum,” Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, volume 23, no. 1, January/Feb. 2008, p 12

“Collectible Young New Artists,” The Daily Oklahoman, April 23, 2006, “Outlook”, p 7

McDonnell, Brandy. “City Painter Moves Outdoors,” The Oklahoman. April 23, 2006

“Collectible Art,” The Journal Record. January 4, 2006, pp 4A, and 24A

“Fountains of Youth,” Oklahoma Today. January/February 2006, pp 21-22

“Spotlight on Oklahoma,” Oklahoma Daily. January 6, 2006

“Young Artists Show Works,” The Oklahoman. December 30, 2005, p 16D

“Joe Andoe Selects Oklahoma’s Collectible Young New Artists,” Norman Transcript. Dec. 22, 2005

“State of Art,” Oklahoma Gazette. December 28, 2005

Klinka, Karen. “Art Gallery to Feature Young Artists’ Work,” The Oklahoman. Dec. 28, 2005, sec III, p6

“Art Exhibit to Feature New Works,” The Oklahoman. Dec. 21, 2005

“Momentum 2004 Builds,” CrossCurrents of Oklahoma, March/April 2004, pp 3 - 6

“A Record Breaker Not So Silent Night,” ARTZONE, January 2004, p 2

“Round Up,” CrossCurrents of Oklahoma, January/February 2004, p 13

“Momentum: It’s Baaaaack,” Loud Magazine, Jan. 8, 2003, cover and p 1

“Momentum,” Loud Magazine, December 2002, p 2

“Featured Artist,” Doublethink Magazine, June 2002

“Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still,” The Daily Oklahoman, January 18, 2002, section 2, p1

“Courting the Next Generation: Momentum Spurs Interest in Young Artists,” Oklahoma Gazette, Jan. 10, 2002, p 27