My work is about reconciling and playing with the tension between man-made and natural systems. The workings of society and the fall out from colonialism has exacerbated a sense of disconnection that can play out on a personal, community, systemic and global scale. I look to patterns in nature, culture, intimacy and our bodies on a macro and micro scale to comprehend the imbalances in our systems and to build connections, healing, and community.
I work with tension to investigate moments where personal/social/political/cultural elements can crossover, connect, and reconcile. I draw on organic and geometric visual elements, understanding that they carry knowledge of patterns, cycles, stories and memory. In turn this offers a connection to the history of the land and culture (both 'traditional' and contemporary). As a Settler-Artist (Polish-Ukraian, Scottish-Irish) with a family history of farming in the Prairies before immigrating from Europe, I recognize it is important (and urgent) to look at how my connection to my own history is recorded, interpreted, experienced and expressed. interplay of long and short cycles..part documentation, part exploration, part building,
Through this exploration duality falls away and it becomes clear that things are much more fluid than they first appear. We are all powerfully connected.