What is your background?
Artistically speaking I don't have much of a background other than it being a hobby for the majority of my life. I only started relying on my art as a means of living 3 years ago. Before that I was a Yoga Instructor many years, always making art on the side and trying to include it into my practice and classes wherever I could.
What does your work aim to say?
Ideally, whatever the viewer wants it to say. I generally stray from being loud with any one message but what it says to me is an over arching theme of encouragement and play. Something along the lines of maintaining humility, curiosity and acceptance of the place I'm at. Wherever that is. I try not to take my work too seriously, or anything for that matter.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
Perhaps through hinting at opening up to acceptance? I think if I am to induce change, in a broad sense, my desire is to do it through subtlety. Normalizing the human body, depression, anxiety, and the unknown. Our society has little time for nuance so I take joy in the idea of wrapping heavy topics up in a pretty package to allow for more of an ease in coming to terms with these ideas. I would love to be able to connect people though these visual and tactile representations as I see so many flaws in how we interact and connect with each other when it comes to vulnerability.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Overall, being an artist comes with a whole bag of obstacles, being a woman involves constantly encountering obstacles, put them together and there's just so much to unpack. This is something I'm still exploring and trying to work out as well. Perhaps I always will be. I can't speak for all female Artists but I often find that my work, or myself as an Artist, is sexualized or objectified, which could be getting in the way of true appreciation or respect for the effort and energy involved in what I do. I've also found that my body related art can be overlooked or not taken seriously but I've experienced overwhelming acceptance and connection because of it as well. Thankfully I feel that the art world is evolving and there are more diverse voices being heard than ever.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
I think the greatest advantage for being in the art world is having the ability to create a platform for the expression of personal truth. To be witnessed in that is an immensely gratifying venture, whether that is through appreciation or critique. I am able to speak honestly through visual means. There are no imposed rules that stifle my creation and the only reaction that can be a hindrance is my own. Granted, that is largely due to the place and time I am living in. But I don't believe that is wholly dependent on gender. Everyone has their uniquely personal advantages and disadvantages.
Vancouver Island - British Columbia - Canada