Because the projects are often the first of their kind, I begin with domain research and frequently partner with experts in the particular field. I build on this knowledge base by using a socially-centered design process where I design and iterate extensively with the stakeholders until I arrive at an interactive experience that is informative and delightful. Here is a sampling of some of my work.
If you would like to learn more, and discuss how this process could be applied to your project, please contact me.
Shown at left: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre Colonade Exhibit.
San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, Memory Care Experience Station
I’ve spent the past 3 years creating multi-sensory experiences to bring delight to people living with mid to late-stage dementia at a memory care facility. Working with the brilliant team at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living, it’s our belief that by providing...
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour, Exhibition
Oakland Museum of California, Tell Me Where the Mirrors Go
Walker Art Center, People Imitating Cats, Interactive
People Imitating Cats was a project created for the Walker Art Center in conjunction with their Internet Cat Video Festival.
Walker Art Center, Field Lab & Field Cart Projects
Walker Art Center, Open Field Research Residency
The Great Calculation Residencies, SF and LA
Early calculators were unwieldy, noisy, smelly machines that required constant maintenance. Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker collects them and Maria Mortati explored them during residencies at Machine Project and Southern Exposure Gallery.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Interactive Education Spaces
Sometimes, the public finds contemporary art "unfriendly" or hard to understand. The BMA was opening a new contemporary wing and wanted to transform one of the galleries into a space to help give people skills to engage with contemporary art. Through a collaborative...
Dallas Museum of Art, Center for Creative Connections, Planning
Working with the Director and staff, we created a new exhibition development process to foster innovative design practices.
Oakland Museum of California, Natural Sciences Gallery, Water Game
This Oakland Museum of California, they wanted to find a way to engage the public with the complexities and nuances involved in the state water story.
Hammer Museum, Machine Project, the Giant Hand
Through the Public Engagement Artist-in-Residence Program at the Hammer, explored interventions to address wayfinding and lunchtime audiences. Our inquiry resulted in a large, physical installation, The Giant Hand. This mechanized, informational sign points visitors...
Children’s Creativity Museum San Francisco, Redesign
Led the exhibition redesign transforming the Main Gallery and related spaces from Zeum to the Children’s Creativity Museum. This consisted of crafting a sustainable vision, and leading design through the opening. Managed teams, budgets, and resources. This resulted in...
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Gyroscope Exhibits, Lead
As an employee at Gyroscope Inc., I worked as the project lead of this new hybrid science and culture museum in Northern Colorado. From Master Planning through Final Design, co-crafted a vision and strategy for the institution through the opening. This process...
San Francisco Mobile Museum
The SFMM was an experimental museum platform where exhibits were often annual and resulted from a challenge-based approach to the general public. The first exhibition was a dual city collaboration with the Denver Community Museum. The SFMM has appeared at sites such...
Gyroscope Inc., Various Projects
As an exhibit developer and designer, I worked on a variety of innovative, new, museum projects. These included: The Leonardo, The Bishop Science Adventure Center, The San Francisco Zoo, and The Oslo Barnemuseum. Often with a focus on interactives.
The Exploratorium, Outdoor Exploratorium project
As an employee of the Exploratorium, worked on the N.S.F. Funded “Outdoor Exploratorium” grant. During the Research and Prototyping phase, conceived, built and tested prototypes with team, public and evaluators. In collaboration, developed the project Conceptual...
San Francisco, Bay Area Furniture Art
BAFA was the first survey of its kind in the region that looked at the intersection of art, craft, and design. Included curating, exhibit development, catalog, exhibit design, and production. Became an annual event for several years subsequently curated by staff from...
West Office Exhibition Design, Various Projects
As an employee of West Office, worked as a Sr. Exhibit Designer on projects such as Final Design for the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and Concept Development for the California Science Center.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bay Area Now 2
Co-created a large, interactive installation which consisted of a product showroom “metatherapy.com,” by artist Neil Grimmer. Concept development through installation consisted of a kiosk-to-modified pager system, with accompanying interactives, wall art, website, and...