. . . I would set up scenes of my Britney Barbies in front of hand-drawn backdrops or tucked inside of my baby blue slippers and take photos with my mom’s point-and-shoot camera.

At the time I felt like I was taking portraits of my favorite pop star, but now I understand them as still lives. This photographic relationship between a still life and a portrait—between life and death, the permanent and the temporary, the animate and the inanimate—has remained essential to my work twenty years later.

I was born and raised in Western North Carolina. I received my BA in Photography from Bard College In December of 2017. And after a year managing the analog and digital labs at Bard, I traveled in Mexico and did an East-to-West USA road trip. I am currently based in Olympia, Washington.