Mortal Engines

Classic Illustrations for the Modern World

"Writhing with a contemporary cynicism about History..."
-Lucinda Barnes, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Berkeley Art Museum
I make, and re-make, art for the modern spirit.

The Mortal Engines series re-imagines classics of the western canon that evoke the mythological character of their time. I twist these icons into artifacts of the present by working with found media and introducing anachronistic themes; notably, technological disfunction, environmental rebellion, and nostalgic Americana. My media include ink, wood scraps, pyrography, darjeeling tea, and red wine (a young California Cabernet Sauvignon).

Unprocessed and un-commercialized materials recall ancient artistic traditions, but also impart a distinct contemporary, local flavor. I position my work to mediate between our direct experience of the world and a deeper sense of historical meaning.
Art Resume
Mortal Engines: 2012-Present

  • 2014 Awarded Artist Residency at La Macina di San Cresci, Chianti, Italy
  • 2014 Texas National Exhibitioin, Nacogdoches Opera House. Curated by Jerome Witkin.
  • 2014 Drawing Discourse, National Juried Exhibition, UNC Asheville. Printed in exhibition book.
  • 2014 Remastered Exhibition, Blue Line Arts Center, Roseville CA
  • 2014 ARTicul-Action Journal, Interview
  • 2014 SCRAP Art Exhibition, Building Resources, San Francisco
  • 2014 Art Quench Magazine Juried Competition, Special Recognition
  • 2013 Texas National Exhibition, Nacogdoches Opera House. Curated by the one and only Peter Selz
  • 2013 Against Lethe Exhibition, Politis Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus. Also touring to the Margaris Foundation Gallery in Amphilochia, Greece, and the Les Yper Yper Gallery in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2013 Summer All Media Juried International Competition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha. Special Recognition
  • 2013 Stories, Fables, Fact and Fiction Juried Exhibition, Linus Gallery, Pasadena
  • 2012 SCRAP Art Exhibition Arc Gallery San Francisco
  • Naming Ceremony Magazine Angels and Demons Issue, 2012
  • 2012 Summer National Juried Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
  • 2012 Borders//Boundaries Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in spirit)
  • 2012 Pomona Valley Review
  • 2012 Left Coast Annual Juried Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA
  • 2012 Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Your Reddit front page. Some of these pieces have collected tens of thousands of up-votes and millions of views in a matter of hours. I'm a minor internet celebrity.

Paleograph Series: 2003-11

  • Long term displays at Stanford: Wallenberg Hall, Old Union, Hammarskjold International House, Roble Dance Studios
  • Four Remarks Sculpture Series: Commissioned by Stanford Student Government, grant awarded
  • Featured in The Claw, Stanford Cultural Magazine
  • Stanford Art Affair, People's Choice Award Finalist
  • National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Silver Medalist
  • Southern California Spotlight Awards, Semi-finalist, Finalist
  • Cantor Museum Stanford CA, Party on the Edge
  • Bergamot Station Santa Monica CA, Spotlight Award Exhibition
  • World Financial Center New York, NY. National Art and Writing Award Exhibition
  • Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA. Masters of American Comics Student Series

Group Installations