My work with zines began when I didn't have time for art class in high school; zines provided an outlet for my interests in art and writing, and could be created with limited materials and time. Interacting with zine-making peers shaped my understanding of the world and of myself.
Although I have had the opportunity to experiment with many forms of media in the years since, I keep coming back to zines as a medium that makes sense for my work. I like creating something tangible in the digital age. I like that creating work with simple materials is a challenge in itself, and that it allows me to keep the price of admission low for those who wish to read it.
My zines have been featured in exhibits such as alt.youth.media at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York City, 1996), and in the Alien She exhibition (traveling, 2014-2015). My zines were the subject of a retrospective exhibit at the Barnard College Zine Library in 2013. In 2013, I was the recipient of an artist fellowship grant from the Somerville Arts Council for my zine work.
Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001) was a painter and a graffiti artist, a member of the Mission School art movement in San Francisco in the late 1990s, along with her husband, painter Barry McGee. Kilgallen was prolific in her short career, which ended with her death in June 2001. This zine is about my search for more information and insight on Margaret and her work, and tells the story of my own artistic journey as well as thoughts on art in general. The pages were constructed by hand and then photocopied: layouts are composed of typed text, illustration, hand-carved rubber stamps, handwriting, and collage. The cover was block-printed from a block I carved by hand and printed on paper bag card stock.
Wonder What I Know Now
A collaboration with Carolee Gilligan Wheeler in 2011. From Carolee's description: The Jejune Institute opened in 2008, running its covert third-space reclamation project until the spring of 2011, when the Games of Nonchalance culminated in a day-long Socio-Reengineering Seminar held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. Part cult, part art project, and part Alternate Reality Game, the Jejune Institute defied categorization and definition, particularly for those who were its most deeply involved participants. This zine is an amalgamation of experience and rumination. There is no way it can provide a comprehensive portrait of all the Games of Nonchalance were or tried to be. It merely scratches the surface of all the mystery and mind-fuckery that followed.
Originally conceived as a means for teaching young mail-art makers about the rules of the post office, the Parcel Ghost quickly took on an afterlife of his own. In the Parcel Ghost's Guide to Post, the friendly spirit (who used to work for the post office when he was alive) shares his knowledge about mail practices and particulars, and tells some stories about his adventures and mail he's sent and received. The Parcel Ghost shows evidence of his past travels through a series of vintage postcards in which he is the star. He has a zine, a blog, and will soon be featured on a commemorative stamp in conjunction with the Elsewhere Philatelic Society.
How to Be a Lady
How to Be a Lady is my half of a joint project I worked on with Carolee Wheeler in 2012. Carolee's half is called Sweet Dreams. At an early age, music videos gave us ideas about how the world worked and how we might come to be adults. Each of these zines is about how certain music videos from the 80s and early 90s shaped this concept in our minds. The zines examine our perception of gender and society through the lens of pop culture. The layout of the zines is intensely cut-and-paste, and the zines are packaged in a handmade gold paper folder hand-decorated with notebook graffiti representative of the era.
Spring Zine Thing
A small zine fair in Somerville, MA in 2012. In the absence of a local zine fair, Megan Mary Creamer and I decided to make our own one-day event. The fair featured about 20 local zine makers and their work.