Artistic Statement

I work with what is in my gut, a hollowing feeling in my gut. I fill what has been empty, I fill it with sound. Raw sounds of movement, breath, sweat and warmth. It is within my artistic process that I have further connected to my Aboriginal roots. I work with storytelling within my creative process as a way of exploring how the mapping of stories from my family's history resonates in the body and how it can be transferred symbolically in my work connecting the past, present and future.

I'm interested in the physical engagement similar to how a child explores in space, their curiosity in investigating and how their environment is fully embodied. I try to create a heightened awarness to things like the taste of one's mouth, the heat of ones throat, the vibration of the inner and outer body, its layers similar to an animal. I'm discovering softer ways of being introspective and connecting to a kind of dormant experience that is active and alive, to enter different states of body. 

I create from a place of exploring trauma, lateral violence and the aftermath of Indian residential schools in Canada which is prominent in my family's history. The effects it has on intimate relationships and the fragmentation and isolation of ones experience in present times. I continue to research the colonial impact on First Nations in Canada, exploring the radical changes in governing systems, relations to land, treaties and family structures.

I want to continue to touch the invisible and be fuelled by my dreams within my creative process, as it feeds and anchors me, connecting me to the spirit world. I am strongly impacted by my experience and connection to my blood land, where my ancestors are from. Spending time in the north resonates in my creative process, it carves images, evokes sensations and strong desires to share the vitality of my history.