My identity as an artist is inextricably linked to my identity as a parent, teacher, partner, community organizer, and lifelong NH resident.
In 2006 I moved from the NH seacoast to Peterborough, NH, which is home to the country’s oldest artist colony. In 2008 I co-founded The Glass Museum with my husband, Eric Gagne. We are now a 501c3 non-profit entity, which produces Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair and The Thing in the Spring concert series. Our mission is to bring world-renowned music and high quality affordable art to our community at large.
I started teaching art at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH when I was 23 years old. This job is incredibly rewarding, and I find that I learn so much through the process of teaching. Working with students challenges me to work with creative problems that I would never encounter on my own in a studio.
Early in my career I was working primarily in drawing, printmaking, and artist’s books. I found paper cutting in the summer of 2012 when I was pregnant, and needing to take a break from the toxic inks and chemicals in my print shop. I studied with the papercut master, Beatrice Coron at Art New England- Bennington College, and fell in love with the immediacy of the process. You need to make quick decisions in papercutting- everything is either a positive, or a negative shape, and the real challenge lies in making sure the positive shapes have the structural integrity to hold together.
Artist Statement from To Those Times That We Can't Get Back:
The text in this series is the result of email archaeology dating back to late 2007. My husband began the impossible task of writing me one thousand poems at one point, and as I mined these correspondences, I realized I wanted to spend more time with them. The ephemeral quality of memory, and the past in general, in conjunction with the abstract geography of the Internet, makes for an impermanent and unreliable landscape. The more I thought about this, the more universal it seemed; after all, the entire planet is spinning in a cloud of technology and static, and our footprints trail behind us, though we rarely look. Coupled with the meditation of pattern, as well as some more literal imagery taken directly from specific nostalgias, I seek to honor and crystallize these unique combinations of emotions, stories, and words. This active remembering breathes new life into those times that we can’t get back.
2017 Whitney Houston Biennial, chashama at XOCO, New York, NY curated by C.Finley
2016 Contemporary Works: In, On, & Around Music, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
2015 Word Play, Twiggs Gallery, Boscawen, NH
2015 To Those Times That We Can't Get Back, (solo) Artstream Studios, Dover, NH
2015 Birds and The Bees, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA
2013 Down To Sleep, Chester F. Sidell Gallery, Essex Art Center
2012 Artists Making Books, MFA Library, Horticultural Hall, Boston, MA
2012 Keene Art Walk, Keene NH, Honorable Mention
2012 What Those Who Teach Can Do, The New England Institute of Art
2012 Coming of Age, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH
2011 Paper Tiger, Cambridge, MA
2011 Chain Letter, Samson Projects Boston, MA
2011 Feed Your Soul Exhibition, MECA Portland, ME
2011 al-Mutanabbi Street Artist's Book Project
2010 WNYBAC Zine Exhibition
2010 Unhinged Gallery 263 Cambridge, MA
2010 Open Studio Tour, The Thing in the Spring, Peterborough NH
2008 *broke- the affordable arts fair, Peterborough NH, co-founder (ongoing)
2008 Home and Retreat, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough NH (curator)
2007 The Stitch Project, Brooklyn, NY & Berlin Germany (8 events)
2005 UNH B.F.A/B.A. Show
2004 Emergence public sculpture for Bert Fish Medical Center, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2007 University of New Hampshire Graduate School- M.Ed. K-12 art ed
2005 University of New Hampshire, B.A. Studio Art & Women’s Studies
Carving Out Time, Chloe Kanner, The Sound,7/29/2015