In my artistic practice, I create works that draw attention to materials, communities and circumstances within the environments I encounter daily. My work asks the viewer to engage in a way of thinking about our everyday encounters that draws attention to the ways in which the non-human and human worlds find, confront and engage one other. I am drawn to the evidence of such encounters, often in liminal, domestic and familiar spaces.
In all of my work, I am concerned with processes that ask viewers to become aware of classifications, systems and structures that alter our perception of each other, of ourselves, and of the environments in which we find meaning and community. Forms of Awareness: Ghillie Suit, is a series that reveals and examines the prevailing set of aesthetic and environmental concerns in North America. Ghillie is a wild and curious figure that confounds some and enlivens others. Through public walks and "un-camouflagings" in city and suburban neighbourhoods, as well as 'naturalized' spaces within urban areas, Ghillie inspires many reactions including fear, awe, confusion, anger, wonder and laughter.
Through my public and community-engaged works, I hope to blur the boundaries between art/object, audience and artist. While projects begin in a neighbourhood street or gallery, they often unfold through diverse connections and interactions. Re-imaging the Lawn: Creating a Grow Zone, interrogated the constructions and conception of the lawn. The project provoked city and institutional responses, initiating discussion and revealing inconsistencies, if not hypocrisy, within local regulation.
While many of my works can be categorized as sculpture, public, installation, performance, environmental or community-engaged art, I am most interested in the conversations, connections, and relationships that arise from the type of work that I do, that are occasioned by the invitations that I offer. By engaging people with common materials and everyday environments, I hope to create a more tangible experience that uncovers and initiates everyday acts of transformation.