Part 1 of 4 – Short Statement
The “art world” is a largely fickle place that still deals in patriarchy, racism, and ego, among other things. Creating a place in this digital arena makes me a part of that art world as much as do the times I have accepted money in exchange for my work, or for exhibiting it in a gallery, or pursuing and paying for a master’s degree. It is what it is and I’m not confident it will ever be different. Perhaps worse. Perhaps better.
What I am interested in rather than presenting a specific box of selected works – is to share in this space – as much as I am able to. Although, often I leave my computer alone because I am afraid that looking at it too much will make my eyes square. This, in turn, limits the amount of posts I am able to make in that narrow slot of time. I might also include work that might not be considered “successful” as well as work that continues to feed ideas I am still interested in. 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.
I think it is also important to mention that even if some works do not appear to be touching on the ideology of white supremacy, that my work does directly concern white supremacy. As a person who is racially coded as white, the place I speak from is firmly rooted within systemic whiteness. It is an immoral ideology. It should go without saying at this point that other overlapping 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. Ugh. I am trying to find creative ways to deal with all of 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 may not remember correctly what she told me about that.
In 2005, I began studying art with intention (although, I think I knew that I was an artist in grade 2, when the kids in my class complimented me on the sheep I had drawn on a classroom banner). I completed a master’s degree in 2012. Between 2013 and 2017, I realized that I was spending too much precious time teaching. I love teaching, and in my opinion it requires a great deal of practice to do it well. I may not be energetic enough to teach and to make work. I can’t do both.
I live and work in a region of Canada that is largely populated by white people in the Unceded K’ómoks Traditional Territory.