Until July 2, 2022 I’m in Prince Edward County participating in my first residency: Alchemy! Alchemy is an Ontario-based artist residency committed to fostering community engagement through the exploration and sharing of art, food and conversation.
During the residency I will be making site responsive work and honouring the labours and contributions of the field workers who form the backbone of Ontario’s agricultural industry through the making and sharing of communal meals each Wednesday.
If you are in the county, come visit us at the Wellington Heritage Museum during our Open Studio days on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4pm. Stop in to say hi and see the resident artists’ work in progress. I will also be leading a free collage workshop (open to all!) at the museum on Saturday July 2 from 11-2pm. No registration required – just drop in! Learn more here.
Be sure to also check out my instagram channel where I am sharing regular BTS photos and videos of my time in the county like the one below.
I’m absolutely delighted to have a selection of framed digital ink jet prints from my photo series Strip Fit included in a 3 person show, Upon Reflections, curated by Stephanie Nicolo, at the Aurora Cultural Centre. The exhibition is on view in-person on the 2nd Floor of Aurora Town Hall, located at 100 John West Way (the temporary home for the centre as it undergoes renovations) from April 1-23, 2022. Be sure to book an appointment to see the show – the gallery is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
I’m thrilled to have a selection of paintings featured in one of Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre (QEPCCC)’s Corridor Galleries until April 29, 2022, in Oakville-ON. Titled, Tie it tighter, it’s about to slip, this mini-solo exhibition showcases recent work from 2017-2021.
The community centre is located at 2302 Bridge Road. The exhibition is located approx. 50 ft. from the main doors of the centre, straight ahead. Almost all works are for sale. If you’re interested in a piece or would like to share your thoughts and feedback (always welcome!), please reach out to me directly at email@example.com.
Sourced from fashion imagery, my work surrealistically explores the animate potential of decoration in relation to the feminized body. These paintings both inhabit the realm of portraiture while also denying access to the figure through mask-like ornament, destabilizing her status as the main subject. These figures are assemblages not only of divergent painted textures and shadows but also our constructions of femininity and gender: a collection of falsehoods and truisms that we are all constantly navigating. What is fantasy? Identity? Self-image? Desire? I aim to cultivate an aesthetic that is simultaneously seductive and unsettling as a means of investigating the overlap between these incarnations of self.
In response to COVID-19, Toronto’s largest outdoor art fair – Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) – has moved online, and I’m thrilled to be featured as one of this year’s participating artists! I have a selection of works available for purchase through the fair from July 2-12 – click here to view my directory.
In addition to works by over 300 artists, TOAF is also featuring curated collections, virtual art talks, tours and more. The fair has also launched an amazing fundraising initiative, Gifts of Heart, that is directing donations to special $250 gifts cards distributed to health care and front-line workers that they can use towards the purchase of an artwork. Give if you can and support first responders and artists at the same time!
My work Silt is featured in “Vital Signs”, a group show celebrating International Women’s Day, at Artists Network’s Leslie Grove Gallery, 1158 Queen Street East, Toronto-ON. The show is on until March 15, with a talk with Juror Anda Kubis taking place Tuesday March 10 at 7pm. Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening night reception on March 5!
I’m thrilled to have the coffin I created, with assistance from Kate Szabo, being showcased again alongside those of 9 other former tenants this weekend at Harbourfront Centre as part of their annual “Day of the Dead” festivities. Learn more about the event here: http://bit.ly/2Vsh83P.
Here are some images of the work in situ outside the Coffin Factory at 89-101 Niagara St in Toronto-ON as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019:
I’m thrilled to be one of the 24 participating artists in Lake Effect Projects‘ “Eulogy for the Coffin Factory”, an independent project part of the Construction : Destruction zone of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. Well, thrilled and saddened as the presentation of this project is the final nail in the coffin of my 2 years time as a studio tenant of this wonderfully wacky building. Join me and 23 other artists on the corner of Bathurst and Niagara from 7pm to 7am on October 5 to bid adieu to the 30+ year history of this cultural landmark.
About the Project:
Eulogy for the Coffin Factory will be a ceremonial exhibition presented during Nuit Blanche 2019 to mourn the passage of #89-101 Niagara Street. Originally built in the 1880s, the building was home to the National Casket Co. from 1908 until 1973. In recent years, it has become known as the ‘Coffin Factory,’ used as studios and live/work spaces, serving as an important space for the creative ecology of downtown. The buildings are slated for redevelopment, and tenants were finally evicted on March 31, 2019, marking the end of an era for the building.
Playing on the building’s casket-factory history, 24 former artist-tenants have been commissioned to adorn 24 coffins produced for the event. These will be displayed in a long row lining the south side of Niagara Street.
Visit me at the 58th Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in Nathan Phillips Square July 12-14! I’ll be showcasing recent paintings in booth 377 on the front lawn directly adjacent to Queen St. Entrance to the fair is completely free- come say hi and talk to me about my work, your art loves or to show me pictures of your cute cat.
I’m thrilled to have Mossification, a collaborative work I created with Ottawa-based writer Sanita Fejzic, featured in the online version of the latest edition of Canthius Magazine. The triptych accompanies an article written by Sanita entitled Entangled Bodies in a Stubborning Material-Textual World, which uses the piece as a starting point to discuss the necessity of collectively affirming our natures as hybrid beings to “continue flourishing as a species” and prevent climate disaster.