I am a self-realized visual artist based on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ Lands (Vancouver) whose primary focus is painting and printmaking, with a dash of bookmaking thrown in. The work has garnered awards, been held in collections, projected onto buildings, published in books and journals as well as being exhibited nationally and internationally.
Having a physical disability has led me to experience life at a much slower pace. I reside in a place of stillness where connections that are otherwise obscured by busyness can be experienced. My art is informed by this quiescence.
My art process is dependant on the fluctuating state of my body. During low functioning times smaller work such as bookmaking or drawing will be done while during a “good” spell larger paintings or printmaking will be the focus. And of course, there are the numerous fallow times when I am not able to work at all. My art practice rotates around this circle of painting/printing/staring at the ceiling/bookmaking/drawing.
Art is a way for me to BE in the world and to honour life. My print and painting subjects revolve around my passions:
the natural world that surrounds and holds us
the earth under our toes
the women that shake the world
the kaleidoscope of colour
and the mathematics of connection
The exhibition consists of etchings, silkscreen and relief prints that are gathered around the idea that we are not separate from the natural world. Threaded through the works is a life long yearning for a more balanced world that holds every voice and cherishes all living beings. In these images the natural world and our internal world comingle, evoking feelings, questions and wonderment. Some of the work concerns societal issues, some portray psychological states, while others are pure whimsy. The figurehead is not a portrait, self or otherwise but rather a stand in for mother earth, the cosmos, our inner landscapes or consciousness.
The work has evolved over many years, in part due to disability related interruptions (Art interuptus!) Although frustrating, it has allowed for a slow, gentle, considered approach to the work.
I hope that after viewing this exhibition you will begin to see more connections in our inner and outer worlds and be reminded of different ways of being.
Some works are available for purchase, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.