Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

My interest lies in memories, experiences, histories and observations. I pull from an endless store of moments from my own life and the life of others. Being the youngest child and grandchild in a large extended family, I was the empathetic bystander in the crowd, watching my family’s dramas unfold. I spent hours exploring the rooms and the walls of my grandmother’s house, a wedding gift from her parents, a large brick house built in 1909. It held generations of family treasures, and so did my grandmother. She loved her family and would share stories from their past and hers. Each room had a nickname, each floor a purpose and each closet held a box or two of family memories.

My parents’ house was also filled with memories, but the memories of strangers. My mother collected simple, utilitarian antiques from barns and attics. I believe my interest in the Old Leatherman is an extension of my mother making the heirlooms of strangers her own. She was a poet and her work left a strong impression on my pre-adolescent self. Our excursions to the local junk shops or antique stores were excursions into the lives of others, creating characters that belonged to the objects we handled and sometimes brought home.

I have exhibited in California, New York, Connecticut and Ohio. Since 2010, I have had twelve solo exhibitions and/or installations and have been included in six group exhibitions. In 2012 I was awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the State of Connecticut (DECD & COA) and in 2015 spent one month as an Artist in Residence at Weir Farm, a National Park in Wilton, Connecticut.

I was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, earned my BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and I am currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. With my husband George Corsillo, I share ownership of a graphic design studio specializing in publishing and entertainment. I live and work in New Haven, Connecticut.