At dusk in the silence of deep woods and fleeting open fields, we encounter nocturnal creatures. As light retreats from these landscapes we become isolated in a vastness of uncanny uncertainty. This body of work is based on a collection of shared narratives reflecting on personal interactions with predatory creatures that emerge in the dark, specifically coyotes. The stories I collected embody the subjective vulnerability of encountering these scavengers and the sense that we’ve imposed on something not ours. In our limited capacity to comprehend the unknown, these encounters reemerge in dreams, a meeting place where the animal becomes a reflection of our innate fears, anxieties and a symbol for our perception of mortality. Through an assemblage of surveillance image and objects I replicate an archive of dreams that invoke a correlation between these ephemeral confrontations and the underlying experience of our phenomenology.
2016, digital prints on honen and film mounted on aluminium, coyote bones, found materials mixed media and video.
Pieces exhibited in 2016 as a part of "Night moves" at Jackson Power Gallery and "Core Spectres" at the Stanley Milner Library in The Works Art and Design Festival, Edmonton Alberta.
"core spectres", intermedia
"core spectres", intermedia
video still from (to tumble to pull)
to splinter, to hinge
This body of work explores the structure of a home that sits on the property I was raised on, that has now become deteriorated and vacant. Over time I have observed the state of the house decay into ruins in both it's physicality and ephemerality. My interests lay in provoking a representation of the history of the space, deconstructing the tangible reality of the house by re-articulating my relationship to the space and temporality. The images recreate layers of experience, revealing the underlying presence not only of my memories but an assemblage of history. The traces are not only reminiscent of the physicality of the structure, but the psychological layers of the trace felt and experienced in the space.
2011, digital prints on stonehenge
Select pieces exhibited as a part of "From Soul to Seawater" in FAB Gallery at the University of Alberta, and Ignite Festival in Calgary, Alberta.
Core is a series of large scale photographic dyptics that contemplate our relationship to the animal and our construct of home. Through the pairing of images depicting intimate domestic scenes and images of deceased local animals, this body of work alludes to the human's relationship to and imagined separation from the animal. The animals were photographed on the same property that the house pictured stands on.
2011, digital images printed on film, mounted on aluminum
Select pieces were exhibited in 30 Love at Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers Gallery in 2012
Our bodies house our memories, not unlike our bodies occupying built structures. As our bodies deteriorate over time our memories fade, alter or remain vibrantly etched. The house pictured is that of my grandparents vacant and disintegrating home during a time when their own selves were fragmenting into dementia. Painted on fragile skin-like paper, this repeated image flickers like a memory, the paintings themselves become bodily and weary. The repetitive image of a deteriorating house simultaneously articulates our relationship to fading memory, the home and the body.
2011, oil and graphite on rabbit-skinned honen
2011, mixed media
Pieces exhibited in "From Salt to Seawater" at Fab Gallery at the University of Alberta and "Parka Patio" at Latitude 53, Edmonton
This body of work depicts a figure entering a dark, wooded landscape. In the isolation of landscape our experience of duration and presence are altered. The woods become a transformative meeting place with the self where we are confronted with things beyond our senses and beyond our understanding. This dichotomy allows for an emergance of the uncanny.