My work resides in a space between being intimately beautiful yet conceptually very dark. Memory and loss experienced by others has often been the locus of my work, as I have always identified with a struggle to forget in a culture where private moments of grief and despair are often witnessed in public ways. In the studio, I explore my own subjectivity in relation to things past, to past events, to paths I have chosen for myself, or to people in my life. I do this by making work in intimate ways, such as painting with tiny brushes, cutting and stacking tiny circles of paper, stitching details with embroidery thread, and, more recently, by weaving lines of color together. The finished work can sometimes appear merely decorative, therefore, I often include passages of text to accompany each work to provide markers for reading it. Overall, I equate my process as one akin to mourning rather than a craft. Repetition is employed to mark time’s passing, and with it I build elaborate surfaces covered with minute hand embellishment. In this private, performative act of making, I hide my regrets and my fears, yet find myself slip into moments of reverie.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Vancouver, BC in 1972, I hold an MFA from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and a BFA from the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). My work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions across north America and abroad, most notably at Zaum Projects (Lisbon, Portugal); Pentimenti Gallery (Philadelphia, PA); The Hogar Collection (Brooklyn, NY); The Hunterdon Museum of Art (Clinton, NJ); The Charleston Heights Arts Center (Las Vegas, NV); Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria, BC); Mercer Union (Toronto, ON); The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (Spokane, WA); and The Kirkland Art Center (Seattle, WA). I have been the recipient of two project awards from the Canada Council for the Arts (2005,2007); two GAP grants from Artist Trust (2007, 2010); and was recently awarded the Larry Sommers Memorial Fellowship from Seattle Print Arts (2011). My work is featured in books including: The Anthology of Art: in Theory and Dialogue, edited by Jochen Gerz, and Carte Blanche, Vol. 2 - Painting, a survey of the current state of Canadian painting. I have taught courses at Pratt Institute (New York, NY), Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY) and am currently head of painting at Washington State University (Pullman, WA).