I am a mother and the child of artists, farmers, and mental health workers. I am a Kuuyam (guest) on Tongva and Acjachemen lands. I work as a habitat restoration scientist and spent 25 years as an environmental artist and educator. My current research includes building indigenous partnerships to co-manage marshlands and grassroots projects for successful native habitat in urban areas. Additionally, I run “Farm Unfixed,” a habitat restoration research project and teen internship in the Ozarks. Exhibitions include the mid-career survey Fruiting Bodies (2019-20, Descanso Gardens) and a better nectar about the symbiosis between bumblebees and the plants they pollinate (2014-2016, University Art Museum, CSU-Long Beach; Gillespie Science Museum, College of the Canyons, The College of New Jersey).
I am a recent graduate of UC Irvine’s Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science program (2022) and received my MFA from CalArts (1996). I currently teach at UC Irvine (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and ArtCenter College of Design. Past grants and fellowships include the California Community Foundation, the City of Los Angeles, the Reed Foundation, Metabolic Studios, and the Graham Foundation. My art projects have garnered press with KCET, KCRW, Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Forum, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. My science and community work has recently been featured at the California Invasive Plant Council and the California Native Plant Society conferences.