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 rather than presenting a specific box of selected works – is sharing in this space, as much as I am able. 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. (In 2017, I taught a sociology course called Ideological Whiteness: Analysis and Action for ECU, but don’t think that I am “good” because of that.) 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 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). 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 it requires in my opinion, 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.