I am an artist.
I am a co-founder of the Wassaic Project.
I am a culture maker and collaborator.
I am from a family of artists.
I am an innovative thinker and a cultural synthesizer. Making connections between people, art, institutions, and places is my jam. Making art, curating, writing, collaborating, making events, building projects and institutions, helping to bring other artist’s art into the world, throwing parties, making and facilitating public art. It’s all culture making. My culture making practice is an outgrowth of the Wassaic Project and my collaboration with Bowie, Jeff, and Elan.
I am inspired by artists whose work is expansive in and out of the studio and who are constant organizers like Eliza Myrie, Rick Lowe, Theaster Gates, Christa Donner, Michelle Grabner, Andrew Simonet, Jen Delos Reyes, Mierle Ukeles, and many more whose visions cannot be contained by a gallery or traditional models. As an object maker my influences are more personal: my parents, their photography and sculpture, my extended family, our experiences with our bodies, both beautiful and strange.
Through the Wassaic Project, we have hosted 38,000+ visitors, 850+ artists in residence, 1,000+ exhibiting artists through over 30 exhibitions, hosted 50+ dance companies, 150+ bands, 50+ film makers, and served 6,000+ students. We have curated performance at MASS MoCA, and spoken on panels at Open Engagement, Storm King, The Aldrich Museum, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Tyler School of Art, School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Preservation’s Studio-X. We have served as visiting artists and guest lecturers at Columbia University, Bard College, The City College of New York, Parsons The New School for Design, Art Omi, University of Pennsylvania, and Flux Factory.
I am an artist dedicated to public art and its powerful impact on communities. In collaboration with my husband, Joshua Frankel, I have created over 16,000 square feet of public murals across the country, and we have been commissioned by Philadelphia Mural Arts, Indianapolis Arts Council, NYCares, North Brooklyn Public Arts Council, and Local Projects at 5Pointz.
I’m from a family of wild creatives. Growing up, I thought I might be a lawyer and I went into college as a math major. I was coached in cross examination by my grandfather, a criminal defendant lawyer, and my mom always told me that Tauruses are great bankers and mathematicians. But I spent most of my time creating things, which probably should have tipped me off. There wasn’t a lot that was out of bounds in terms of making — and pretty much any idea I came up with as a kid, my parents could make it with me, something that cultivated a can-do attitude. Everyday I count my lucky stars that I am surrounded by mind-blowing creative people who I love.