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.
My work asks others to re-image materials, objects and processes. How does adding material make the rock feel lighter? How does making change the meaning? Why do we value a specific set of concerns over another in our domestic spaces and communities? How do we connect to and interact with the non-human world in our every day lives?
Forms of Awareness: Ghillie Suit explores indeterminate spaces, figures and roles. Ghillie is a wild and curious figure that confounds some and enlivens others. The ghillie suit is traditionally worn by military snipers and hunters to camouflage the human body in various landscapes such as woods, prairies and swamplands. It also recalls imagined and magical figures from various myths and stories such as the 'green man', or 'ghillie dhu'. Through public walks and "un-camouflagings" in neighbourhoods, parks, nature reserves, trails and 'naturalized' spaces, Ghillie inspires many reactions including fear, awe, confusion, anger, wonder and laughter, though she sometimes remains unseen. The series questions the prevailing set of aesthetic and environmental concerns in North American culture, while questioning our assumptions of gender.
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.