I research and write about Franz Marc, animals in art, and the historical avant-garde, for the most part, and also occasionally do book and art exhibition reviews, which I take quite seriously since these efforts do after all represent in many cases someone’s life work. I will also go to almost any contemporary art exhibition, and am very interested in electronic music, dancing, and walking.
My PhD in Art History and German is from the University of Otago, where I wrote my dissertation, How Franz Marc Returns. In addition to my doctoral scholarship I was supported in my research with a year’s fellowship at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, by several European Commission Mobility Erasmus+ grants through the Tier-Mensch-Gesellschaft at Universität Kassel, and by the Centre for Digital Humanities at Universität Trier. I have a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and an MA and BA in Art History from the University of South Florida.
This first postdoctoral year has seen fellowships at the Robert Gore Rifkind Center for the Study of German Expressionism at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Pompidou, but also jobs teaching art history at the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative and lots of applicating, writing, and editing. I am the technology manager and publications editor for the Italian Art Society and the exhibitions conservator for the Chihuly Collection.
Love for and curiosity about animals is the constant of my life, and that force is what drove me initially to pursue an interdisciplinary study of ethology, empathy, and activism, using the aesthetically pleasing, confounding, and touching images of animals made by Franz Marc at the beginning of the 20th Century as a platform and fulcrum. However, my earlier professional background is in investigative journalism, and as soon as I begin to seriously assess primary archival sources about Franz Marc, I realised that despite his seeming omnipresence in the canon of German Modernism, Marc’s real story was almost completely unknown.
So I continue to combine animal studies with Marc in an effort to honour and illuminate both, and to produce and provoke new questions, and hopefully a few answers.
I enjoy corresponding with people about art history and animals and normally respond quickly!
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