My work and research covers a wide range of animal subjects, cultures and (un)natural histories. Most current and ongoing interests are towards water bodies and aquatic creatures: whales, eels, jellyfish, and most especially the horseshoe crab. My fascination with the horseshoe crab also forms a significant part of my doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Who I am: I am a Research-based Storyteller, Educator, and PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Art and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. I am also an organizer for Terra Incognita, an Ecological Arts Series in Madison, a Graduate Associate of the Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and a member of the Advisory Board for Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.
Storytelling: My practice embraces written form, live storytelling and performance, audio storytelling and video work, sculpture, space-specific installation and photography to enliven larger ecological and ethical discussions around the impacts of human infrastructure, industry, medicine, water and forced ecologies. My PhD research is focused on telling the stories of the horseshoe crab, including environmental, medical, entomological, evolutionary and cultural strands. Other work includes Restless, a long-term collaboration with ecologist, Chelsey Blanke, to investigate Lake Michigan’s social, commercial and ecological histories.
Teaching: My teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has included: Research Practice, Art History, Contemporary Practice, Biological Arts, Creativity and IT, Deep Listening, Listening to Animals, and Digital Film. I also have experience with professional practice mentorship and events coordination.
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