My art practice is rooted in the observation and investigation of human interactions and their authenticity. On one level human interactions and connections are determined by the groups we belong to, as well as by influencing factors like generations, genetics, education and parental nurturing. Where does the individual’s free will come into play? Is it a fiction? I am fascinated with the complexities of individuals as independent beings and as part of a larger group.

 

We all have preconceived ideas and notions that evolve over time and the experiences that shape us. I am interested in self-reflection as well as observation, in exploring what I may have hoped something might be and the changing reality of what our personal journeys become. Desire, the changing landscape, memory, death, loss, conflict, religion and hypocrisy are all themes that interest me. My practice deals primarily with culture, similarity and difference, and looking at cultural aspects through an interrogative lens.

 

My recent practice is an investigative study of my own Canadian identity, how that identity has shifted and continues to shift and offers reasons for this shift. What does it mean to me to be Canadian? What memories serve me in building a narrative as a Canadian? What new knowledges are changing that perception? How can we express views without harming others, but succeed in opening doors to new conversations? How can we leave the past and enter a future where colonialism is only part of our collective history, not our present and not our future? Where do we begin? Why now?

 

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The Re-Order of Canada

Stand on Guard

Truth and Reconciliation

 

This land is your land, this land is my land

Changing Climate Change, one deer at a time

Complicit No More