Prior to studying photography at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, I earned my BFA in printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and studied art history and filmmaking at the University of Iowa where I received an MA with a focus on the history of Dada performance. Drawing inspiration from a broad background in the arts, I have made work that examines the influence of the image on our perception of the real and placed new attention on the overlooked and unexamined as a way to expand the boundaries of perception and our understanding of contemporary culture. I've exhibited my photographs and videos in galleries and museums in North America and abroad. In addition to catalogues and books, my work has been written about in ARTnews, Art Week, CircaArt, Contact Sheet Annual, Los Angeles Times, New Art Examiner, New York Photo Review, Photography Quarterly, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Toronto Star. My work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work Collection, Smith College Museum of Art, as well as corporate and private collections. In addition to past awards and honors, in 2015 I received the award of a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Kresge Arts Foundation. In addition to collecting 19th and early 20th century photographs of unconventional women my installation, New Eden: The Life and Work of Isabelle Raymond inspired the research for the book, Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls and Other Renegades (Harry N. Abrams, 2003) that I co-authored with Catherine Smith.