Born in Queens, NY in 1983, I began making art at age 16 surrounded by the art of my great-grandfather Samuel Rothbort, whose portraits of family and landscapes of New York are my connection back to a sense of home. I went on to graduate with a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, and spent several years in the desert of New Mexico writing the poetry collection "Womb Exile".
After a respite from visual art I began a series of ink mandalas in 2009 while living in Oregon, each mandala timed around the solstices and equinoxes with the season's constellations mapped in the background. Star timing, spirit connection, our place in nature, and our responsibility to nature has remained the backbone of my work. Art has the capacity to inform cultural values, and it can do this through seduction. Seduction by beauty. Seduction by courage. What you love, you want to sustain, you want to protect.
Since 2013 I have been oil painting, showing work in galleries around the country, and collaborating on large-scale multi-media installations with the collective Neon Eso Terricka.
In February 2016, I performed a 100 mile walk and performance art ritual "Equilibrium Rites" on behalf of the 80 billion bees trucked into the California almond monoculture for pollination. In August that year I had a solo show of paintings at The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, which was inspired by the walk. The show included a co-curated exhibition "Honey and Venom" featuring artworks from artists around the world.
Later in 2016, after learning of the prayer run to Washington D.C. done by Lakota youth in response to the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline, I made multiple trips to the water protector prayer camps on the Standing Rock Reservation and spent much of 2016 and 2017 in service to the movement by writing, cooking, painting, meeting with city council members, fundraising, and visiting indigenous led movements throughout Turtle Island.
In May 2018, I'll be having my third solo show at Mortlake & Co. in downtown Seattle. The new series will be inspired by the past year of activism and ceremony.