I am an artist.
Part 1 of 4 – Short Statement
Look, the “art world” is largely a fickle place that still deals in patriarchy, racism, and ego, among other things. Creating a presence on the web makes me a part of that art world as much as do the times I that have accepted money in exchange for my work, or for exhibiting it in a gallery, or pursuing and paying for a master’s degree.
What I am interested in – is sharing in this space, as much as I am able – rather than presenting a specific box of selected works. This may include work that might not be considered “successful” and/or work that also feeds ideas I am still dealing with. I believe that everything I make is related, as much as it is also linked to and influenced by my looking at other art works, researching artists and processes, working in my garden, preparing my meals, and having conversations with other people. It all matters. It is all influential. Especially important to me are the kind of questions work teases out.
It is also important to note that even if works do not directly deal with white supremacy, that my work does deal directly with white supremacy. The culture I live in is largely structured by the ideology of whiteness and because I am racially coded as white, all the work I make is made from that particular position of privilege. It is an immoral ideology. It should go without saying at this point that other ideas related to gender, class, place, etc. are also a part of what I make.
It is my contention that making art, no matter what it is, is a political act.
Part 2 – Second Short Statement
There are many “rules” about how to manage your professional life as an artist. Don’t say this. Do say that. Write this way, don’t write that way. Screw that.
Part 3 – Bio
I am a settler born to Dutch immigrant parents. They came here on a boat. The Groote Beer. I think my mom was sea sick during the voyage. I might not remember correctly what she told me about that.
In 2005 I began studying art with intention (although I think I knew that art should be my vocation in grade 2). I completed a master’s degree in 2012. Between 2013 and 2017 the amount of time I was spending teaching ramped up. Teaching is Passion B and turns out to be taking too much time and energy away from Passion A. Quite frankly, I can’t do both. To Passion A, I return.
I live and work in a region of Canada that is largely populated by white people in the Unceded K’ómoks Traditional Territory.