website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.
I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.
I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.
As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.
DON BLANCHE RESIDENCY
Shelburne, Ontario/ Canada
DON BLANCHE RESIDENCY
in 2013 and 2014, I have collaborated with Deirdre Fraser on running the artist kitchen and preparing meals for temporary and permanent artists’ in residence.
The Don Blanche artist residency was created to provide a safe haven of interdisciplinary experimentation, away from the pressures of the city and outside of the gallery network, in a setting where living and working become elemental; where the line between life and art is blurred, and new hybrid socio-pedagogical practices are invented and encouraged. The residency takes place from August 18 to September 3, and is open to any artist or individual interested, with no fee or application process.
Housed within a massive 8,000 square foot Frankenbarn, created by Don Miller and made from generations of felled barns rebuilt into a unique, one-of-a-kind structure, the residency provides both an inspired atmosphere and indoor living quarters/studio facilities for up to 35 residents. Existing off the grid using solar power, wind power, well water and multiple wood stoves, Don Blanche is an oasis,a retreat, a facility and program unlike anything in Ontario. Artists in residence may use any of the creative facilities, project sites, cooking facilities, media equipment and materials that we have, choosing to work either independently or collaboratively. Equipment and space bookings need only be made if more than one artist wants the same thing at the same time.
Artist projects can be presented at the end of the residency as part of the weekend-long Open-House, though not all projects need be finished; some projects are shared as ideas in progress, while others are programmed as scheduled events. Open workshops, walks, talks and other forms of presenting works in progress can be included in the festival program. While evening meals take place collectively, other activities such as swimming, sauna, bathing, walking, burning, harvesting and “trip to store” are generally done in smaller, self-organizing groups. Artists who require private time, special diets, specific exercise, lighting conditions, power outlets, uncommon tools or specific conditions, must make their requests known as soon as possible, or be prepared to fend for yourselves.
Credits and Thank You's:
Thanks to: Christine Swintak, Don Millers and Deirdre Fraser and many more!