My goal as an artist and thinker is to change the way society consumes and produces gendered bodies. I began my visual career with a small camera searching for little details and scenes that drew me in. I drew, designed, danced and photographed in my mother’s footsteps, which lead me to a BFA at the University of Alberta. My exploration into conceptual studies began with a fascination with the childhood act of masking or hiding elements of oneself from others. This grew into a body of work examining representations of children, forced gender and sexuality, and the performance of the child with gender. I chose to exploit my own body in my work as an act of rebellion against hegemonic order and the common practice of controlling women’s bodies. I also send intimate messages with strangers across Canada as research into secrets and forms of communication. My artistic mediums include sound, photography, installation, video and a flirtation with performance. Artists who inspire me are Heather Cassils, Lise Haller Baggesen Ross and Cindy Sherman. The work I produce is personally and politically urgent. I attempt to unmask normalized representations of bodies and challenge our everyday seduction and consumption of one another.
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)