my work

My practice is focused around the characters that I become through the wearing of things that I have made, and the subsequent performances that I do in both constructed and real-world spaces. My characters have been expressed through video and live performance, in typically surreal settings and worlds, with slow ritualistic movements. I am interested in how my characters can create their own sense of ritual or set of parameters that they use to navigate their worlds, objects within their worlds, and each other, that both parallel and challenge the standard set of western cultural norms that our society uses. My work has always been a type of self-portraiture, so these characters embody a lot of what I am (queer, sex positive, big, funny) and the sub-cultures I belong to (kink, furry, bear culture to name a few). My work is personal and I aim to extend my vulnerability, humour, and playfulness to critically engage with what society considers difficult subject manner (ideas on gender, feminism, social justice, queerness, mental illness, body image, sexuality) on an audience that may find themselves disconnected from that subject matter. The broad materiality of my work, which has qualities of feeling both highly considered and playfully slapped together, seems very personally touched by a maker and this personal touch is a tool I use to evoke a feeling of connectedness between the viewer and the things I make. I situate my work in an in-between space amid different ideas or materials, where the definitions of things become slippery. I enjoy this space because not only is it queer in the sense that it is hard to pin down, but it is also a transition zone where things can bleed into each other and become something that is perhaps totally new yet familiar. Finding the moments when one thing starts to become something else has become a driving force in my practice... space where moments of transformative catharsis occurs.