The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Artist In Residence
As the Artist-in-Residence (2012-2016) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) I taught painting, sculpture, photography, batik, sewing, knitting, mask making, printmaking, miniature model construction, plaster casting, and drawing to children and young adults ages 3-30.
I taught them formal techniques but that was only the beginning. They changed me. I saw in them children full of rage, sass, humor, wisdom, and subversive transcendence. I was charmed and delighted. I was awestruck and quiet. Their vitality challenged me to work with more depth and integrity as a caregiver and an artist. I was enriched by the dialogue between their lives and mine, their art and my art; to let their wildness smash any remaining notions I had about what it means to be human.
Teacher, January 2017-June 2018, Bok building, Philadelphia
As the “Creative Specialist” I taught Creative Movement, Visual Art, and Music Together to children ages 2-5. But because very young children are experts in fluidity and chaos I ended up doing a little bit of everything. We had to talk a lot about feelings and how to resist gouging each other’s eyes out when those feelings were raging. I don’t pretend to be an expert. I have just as much trouble telling someone they hurt my feelings as any three year old. It’s very real. And then there are all the biggest philosophical questions to tackle:
Where were we before we were born?
Can we choose what happens to our body when we die?
Why do people hurt other people and do you think someone who is evil thinks they are evil?
It was big philosophy with small people, every day.
My time at Project P.L.A.Y was also my own personal lab research. I brought the kids into my art studio and watched how they responded to paint and no rules. This research contributed directly to the development of my solo show: feral wild girl child.
A20 Mural Arts Series
A20 Mural Arts Series
Teaching Artist, October 2016-May 2017
The A2O program was a Partnership between Mural Arts and Parks and Recreation. Its goals were two-fold: to create a semi-permanent work of art at and after-school recreational center and to expose the students to nature.
I added my own goals: to facilitate vivid self-portraits of teenagers and explore their sense of fashion. I wanted the final product to say: we are the art.
The resulting portraits had a little bit of everything: art, nature, self and fashion.
Photos by Jaime Alvarez
Practice of Performance in Dance, UArts
Practice of Performance in Dance at The University of The Arts, Philadelphia
Teacher, Spring 2016
Co-taught with Chelsea Murphy
An eight-week course with a group of 7 students: juniors and seniors in dance. Culminated with the creation of original solos, which explored the “Shame Portrait” research of the resident artists.