Working mainly with wood I focus on the connection between design, nature, form and function. I believe that art should be a part of our everyday, fluid with our daily interactions, whether it be something we look at or use. This translates into my interest in creating spaces, whether it’s within the frame of a picture, building furniture or sculptural objects.
I was lucky to grow up in an artistic household. All grandparents involved in photography or painting and my parents surrounded me with music, theatre and art. Going to do a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria made sense.
My main focus during school was photography. I would build spaces, costumes and props using different mediums, including wire, textiles and wood to create worlds within my photos. What began as a supplement to my photography has now become the focus of my creative language.
I love the idea of my work being kinetic. If it’s not a usable object like my lamps, it’s one of my hangings that moves and changes when you pass by. Connected to you and your life.
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of my favourite architects because of his understanding of how everything works together in a constructed environment including the pre-existing environment as well as the plants, rugs, flow of the space, and materials used.
“We have no… longer an outside and an inside as two separate things. Now the outside may come inside, and the inside may and does, go outside. They are of each other. Form and function become one in design and execution of the nature of materials and method and purpose are all in unison.” -Frank Lloyd Wright.
We are part of the earth and the earth is us. My understanding and respect for it are integral to my process, designs, material and values. Living in Fernie allows all my beliefs and influences to be together in one place.
My current show, Touch Stones at the Art Station follows these same themes. Inspiration for the work also comes from the philosophies of Mark Rothko, the painter. He believed in expressing emotions as a connection to the divine. Most of my work is influenced by the landscapes I have surrounded myself in, mainly the Rocky Mountains. Within these landscapes and experiences, nature has always been my greatest understanding of the divine and has always enveloped me in overwhelming emotion. I hope for my work not to recreate these experiences but for them to become an experience of their own for the viewer. And create a space where there is a kinship between art, design, whimsy, wilderness, and daily experience.
The Fernie art community is a great place to explore one's practice. I’m part of the Art Co-op on main street and everyone there is encouraging and a great resource for feedback and constructive conversations with other artists.
I hope for my work to evolve into larger-scale pieces. Doing more work on a commercial level including designing whole spaces. I’m interested in all ideas of light and space, architectural and interior design. Whether this includes working with other artists, going back to school or growing on my own, it’s a privilege to be able to create!