I'm an artist and community organizer based in Memphis, TN. I have a BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Following graduation, I was awarded the prestigious Rosenberg Fellowship which led to The Hymnbook Project, a series of artist books exploring faith and identity in the Southern United States. I earned a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in American Religious History and Christian Ethics from Emory University. My artwork has been exhibited across the United States and United Kingdom and helped to foster ecumenical dialog about some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time.
Impressive, huh? I'm also fluent in German and can recite Goethe's Prometheus in its entirety from memory. (It's a super cool party trick.) To be completely honest, I think what you most need to know about me is that I've seen the movie The Exorcist well over a hundred times and Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People is my favorite book. (Even though I tell people it's Works of Love by Kierkegaard.) This series of artworks is an experiment in the influence of the horror genre in my life. What I've learned along the way is that our tastes and literary kinks, the subcultures and fandoms in which we claim membership, and our cinematic obsessions tell the stories of our lives. So, here's all you need to know about me:
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes is what made me a reader.
- I want to believe. Humbug is my favorite Monster of the Week episode of The X-Files, but Memento Mori is my favorite installment in the show's mytharc.
- Captain Jean Luc Picard 4EVA.
- The Mayfair Witches > The Vampire Chronicles
- This photo makes me squeal with delight. So does this one.
- My favorite ghost stories are about haunted objects. Suits. Dolls. Mirrors. My birthday is in June. Do with this information what you will.
- I wish that even one of the portraits in Women of Horror was half as effective as this illustration which has haunted my dreams for over twenty years.
You can reach me through my website and at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can buy Women of Horror prints at society6.com/marybutton. All of the original pieces are also for sale, email me for more information!