I am an interdisciplinary artist/educator working with painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, printmaking, animation and video. My recent work has focused on re-contextualizing materials at hand and a diverse set of skills to unravel and engage with contradictions inherent in systemic whiteness. I am additionally researching ideas related to apocalyptic language and imagery.
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 types of questions each work teases out.
It is my contention that making art, no matter what it is, is a political act.
I live and work in the unceded K’ómoks Traditional Territory.
I am a settler born to Dutch immigrant parents. In the 1950s they arrived here on a boat. The Groote Beer. I think my mom was sea sick during the voyage. I may not remember correctly what she told me about that.
My parents settled in the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa peoples and home to the Métis. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.
I have a BFA and an MAA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Since 2013 I have taught a range of studio and academic courses in the capacity of sessional faculty for both Emily Carr University of Art & Design and North Island College.