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.
The Postcard Project 1+2
Ottawa Art Gallery, The City of Ottawa (Community Arts and Social Engagment Program), The National Arts Centre (Ontario Scene 2015) Ottawa Canada
The Postcard Project 1+2
“While it is clearly important [to] retrieve the memories and excavate the depths of landscape, one must register as well the sense in which landscape is all about forgetting, about getting away from the real in ways that may produce astonishing dislocations.”
The Postcard Project is a site-specific public installation and performance developed with the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts + Social Engagement Program, Ottawa Art Gallery (Part I) and the National Art Centre / Ontario Scene (part II). The work references archived postcards to recreate a set of ephemeral (Canadian) objects that will be shared and distributed to the public.
The Post Card Project aims to examine the historical progression of representation of the Canadian identity/people/landscape on postcards from the last century. I used these images, appropriated them, erased and highlighted signs of colonial presence and imposed exploitations by presenting unusual images generated through my personal and active understanding of my new home, Canada.
The Postcard Project I (2013) and II(2015) was located in the ByWard Market, where stalls, tents, and shops offer Canadiana artifacts, products, and postcards. Visitors were welcome to visit and interact with the work, pick a postcard, and send it right then and there.
Credits and Thank You's:
Photography credit: Manolo Lugo
Design (part 1): Derek Aubichon
Design (part 2): Mohammad Rezaei
Editing : Ibrahim Abusitta
Project Managers and Coordinators: Marie-Camille Lalande, Allison O'Connor, and Caleb Abbott.
The City of Ottawa Archives for opening their doors to me (although grumpy, but helpful):)))