Artist Statement

My work deals with the history and culture with a focus on the individual people that shape them.  I’ve always been fascinated with the way small individual stories become a part of the bigger picture and how that, in turn, influences how we view our past, present and future.  Whether it is fleeting every day moments or life-changing events, I don’t believe that there are any insignificant moments in life.  Through my pieces, I document those meaningful moments, sometimes big, sometimes small, not necessarily for their historical significance, but for the lives that they touch.  Inspired by artists like Kathë Kollwitz and Alberto Giacometti, I often work from photographs I have taken, as well as historical images and sources.  The resulting work takes on numerous forms, from handbound books to drawings and paintings, as well as mixed media pieces.

Annotated exhibition list

25: Target Gallery Celebrates Twenty-Five Years, Target Gallery/Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA (September 8-30, 2012), juried group show

San Diego Book Arts Fourth National Juried Exhibition, UC San Diego Geisel Library, Special Collections, San Diego, CA (May 26-July 8, 2012), juried group show

Lyons Township High School Alumni Show, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, IL (January 10-27, 2012), Invitational

Polish Arts Club 75th Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL (May 15-29, 2011), group juried show

i am i (DePaul Integrated Arts Initiative), DePaul University, Chicago, IL (April 27, 2011), invitational

Senior Solo Show, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (May 25-31, 2011)

DePaul Senior Thesis Exhibition, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL (June 10-14, 2010)

DePaul Annual Student Exhibition, DePaul University Art Museum, Chicago, IL (May 27- September 3, 2010), juried group show, guest Juror- Adam Brooks

Student Curated Print Exhibition, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (May 21- May 30, 2010)

DePaul Annual Student Exhibition, DePaul University Art Museum,  Chicago, IL (May 14-June 14, 2009)

Student Curated Exhibition, DePaul University, Chicago, IL (September 28 – October 19, 2007)

Annotated publication list

Julie Chen, 500 Handmade Books Volume 2, Lark Crafts 2013, juried

David Paul Downs, Face, Figure, Identity, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2012, juried

Threshold, 2011, DePaul University

Threshold, 2010, DePaul University

Threshold, 2008, DePaul University


DePaul University, Chicago, IL—2011, Bachelor of Arts-Studio Art, Bachelor of Arts-Spanish