I am a visual artist exploring the relationships we have with the ground. Soil figures prominently in works that reference graves, voids, and death, but also that highlight the life-giving components of the earth. I’m most interested in our existential and emotional relationships to the ground (through burial, feeling grounded, being drawn to touch the earth). Historical, cultural, and practical relationships through farming and gardening are also important to me. Currently, I am learning about soil’s physical properties while making photographs using microscopes and a camera lucida.
The heart of my practice is photographic: I use the full complement of analogue, digital, and hybrid photographic practices to examine the boundaries and impact of images. I have made large-scale photographic installations using advanced digital methods, but I also love the amazing quality possible through analogue methods, and I am as interested in theoretical and conceptual photography (e.g. Dear Mary is a sonic photographic piece).
I often work in mediums that easily run alongside photo (installation, video, and audio), and I occasionally use other mediums as well: print media, text, and most recently, textiles. I am driven by the material and sensorial qualities of a piece as well as by concept. My practice is rooted in a feminist perspective that surfaces more obviously in text-based pieces that centralize women’s voices.
I was raised on a farm in northern Alberta and I continue to work with the land there. I trained at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (BFA 2003), Parsons The New School for Design, and Concordia University (MFA 2007). My artwork has been exhibited across Canada, in the US, UK, Austria, and in South Africa, and I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.