I have been making and studying film, collage, and photography since I was sixteen, when I was lucky enough to have a high school teacher who introduced me to experimental film, in the work of Stan Brakhage and Kenneth Anger, and to the French New Wave, with a screening of “The 400 Blows,” which saved my life. The camera and editing are ways for me to explore and explain the way I see the world to people who are different from me. I have an undergraduate degree in Visual Art from DePaul University and an MFA in Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.I grew up within the mental health system, having a mother and grandmother who were both diagnosed with schizophrenia. At nineteen, at an attempt to avoid both the system and its labeling, I joined the United States Navy and took part in the Gulf War in 1991. I use the quotidian to think and make my work about war, social injustice, misapprehension and emotional confusion.