What is your background?
I'm a Canadian artist, living just outside of Toronto Ontario. I graduated from NSCAD University in Halifax Nova Scotia with my Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2013. I'm also an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Canada’s longest continuing art society. I exhibit my work on a regular basis across the greater Toronto area in juried art fairs and gallery exhibitions, as well as being apart of several private collections across North America.
What does your work aim to say?
The work in my ongoing series ‘intimates’ is consciously influenced by current women’s issues happening across the globe. With marches and movements such as the #metoo and #timesup dominating the media, it’s impossible not to be affected and express my own thoughts on how the novelty of delicate garments can change our self- esteem. It’s impossible not to be affected and express my own thoughts on how the novelty of delicate garments can change our self- esteem.
My work using women’s undergarments represents everything we do to be our most courageous and confident selves. Hidden from an outsider’s gaze, self- empowerment often starts from within, and a woman’s choice of intimates expresses guilt free self-admiration. The social ideologies of beauty become immaterial and our boldness and radiance that’s often vacant from our self-image shines through.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
My work using women’s intimates is socially influenced by issues that women face across the globe. As an artist, I express my own insecurities through my art; and it’s challenging to not be affected by society and the media. By expressing my own thoughts through my art practice, I’m attempting to represent the little things that we do for ourselves to boost our self- confidence when we step out the door. Although the way we build our self-confidence doesn’t always come from material things, these garments symbolize that empowerment has to start from within. We are, and always will be, our own best advocates.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
I believe that women have many advantages within the art world. The first being, we are hardworking, dedicated, and good at multi-tasking. Being an artist often requires juggling multiple jobs, while finding the time to create art. My art practice, predominately talks about issues that women often experience, so my work is supported and appreciated by the female audience, but as women we have the advantage to education others about our experiences, and open eyes to a new perspective.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
Currently, I am happy with what I am doing. I feel as though I am creating something different with my materials and ideas that make up my art practice. The coloured pencil on wood, creates a unique combination of materials which captures the intricate details of my subject matter. The beauty of the exposed raw wood, adds another element of detail to my work. I would like to be seen as an artist who is respected as a creative individual finding her place in a competitive industry, but also someone who open to conversations, and supports the art community. I truly believe there is room for everyone to be successful!
Toronto - Canada