SOMETHING ABOUT ME
Housing challenges and creativity have followed side by side since I first started out on my own after college. I began my career as a fine artist with the pioneering spirit required to survive early loft living. My first live and work loft in Boston only had heat during week day hours. I would simultaneously build the walls and spaces that would then be my home and studio. I sanded the floors but couldn't afford to varnish them. Mid century modern pieces alongside antiques and vintage finds were available from neighborhood curbside pick up days. I acquired a modicum of modern furniture. I moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. To get to the subway, I'd have to pull on a men's overcoat and push a cap over my long hair. But I had huge windows that swathed my old floors in beautiful sunlight. Our kitchens and bathrooms were pieced together by renovation discards, and manufacturing seconds. Manufacturing was still based in New York and finding products and materials that would provide unusual combinations became an obsession. After living in Berlin on an artist's grant for several years during their reunification, there was no affordable housing in the former West, so I'd find temporary housing in the former East where I would work and live with water closets in the hallway, heated by coal hauled up from basement chambers and no phone service. When I exhausted the possibilities of making sculptures at this time, I turned to the spaces themselves and started using the language of architecture, design, household crafts and text to tell my stories. From there it became evident that some drafting classes were in order so that I could draw up proposals for private and public installations. The intersices between fine art and design became less and less distinguishable. I decided to go back to school and study interior architecture.
I have trained with architectural and interior design firms in corporate, retail, medical and residential design. After researching and selecting materials and products for the famous Durst Building – 4 Times Square with Fox and Fowle Architects, the first architectural firm to successfully build a “green” designed skyscraper in the world, I was inspired to incorporate green design into my own practice whenever practical.
In 2004 I relocated to the Hudson River Valley, in Rhinebeck, New York, where I live with my family and a mutt named Sophie. We hike, bike and watch sunsets on the river. My mid-life crisis finds me obsessed with skiing and I've recently become a professional certified ski instructor.
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