Artist Statement

I am an artist working on Treaty 7 territory, the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi, (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stoney), and Tsuut'ina First Nations. My work encompasses a variety of ideas and processes that emerge from contemplations on nature, natural phenomenon and the conceptual associations between culture and nature. Land artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury, and Richard Long have influenced my practice as well as many Indigenous artists and cultures from around the world. My practice may involve creating site-specific interventions, installation, sculpture, printmaking, photography, or any medium to realize an idea.

 

The process of being in the landscape is important to my practice and is the testing ground for my work, it allows me to experiment with new materials, learn new processes and to bring out the potential of these materials. Most of the materials that I use in my work are gleaned from the landscape. I am drawn to using natural materials for gallery installations because I find the materials bring about a calming, contemplative and healing presence to the space. When I create an outdoor ephemeral site-specific intervention in the landscape I try to enhance one’s experience of place through the various forms the materials can embody in relation to the surrounding space. Upon completion of the work, I will document it and then the work is left to devolve back into the environment, overtime leaving little or no trace the work was ever there. In this way the work reflects the reality that things are in a state of constant change and are impermanent.

 

Through a variety of forms of expression, gestures and responses I seek to bring nature to the forefront of our experiences. I intend to create opportunities that allow us to look at the natural world in new and altered ways,  to deepen our understanding and sense of wonder about it and to question our role in it.