I am an artist, educator and curator. My work has been performed or exhibited in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Vancouver Art Gallery, 7a*11d Festival of Performance Art (Toronto), Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa), LINK & PIN Performance Art Series (Montreal), World Pride Toronto and the Rider Project (NYC). In addition, I have self-produced work at the Muse d’Orsay (Paris, France) and Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto). I’ve contributed over 20-years to working in artist-run spaces committed to the exhibition of artwork outside of the mainstream. From 2011-2014, I sat on the Board of Directors for FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto) and from 2013 -2016, I was the project manager for More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, ed. by Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder. From 2014-2017, I worked at Vtape, an artist run centre in Toronto, Canada dedicated to experimental video art and performative practices. Currently, I reside in Vancouver, BC and am programming through grunt gallery.
Drawing from the social movements of queer and feminist communities, I work in the mediums of live art, video and painting. I make connections between subjectivity, identity and feminist lineage by asking, “why is it important for art to be socially engaged?” and “how does the link between art and politics change the role of the audience?” and “how can we assert the female body in a moment when fights for women’s and queer rights are often oversimplified?”
My research focuses on the subject/object binary, the fundamental idea behind much gender related theory. I look at the distinct opposition between the body of as a living, breathing, subject, and the objectification of the body in popular culture and within the canon of Western Art history. My performances challenge the binary oppositions between subject/object; male/female, queer/straight and self/other by creating highly ritualized situations that result in an intense and intimate relationship between the artist and the audience.
As a performance artist, I rarely perform on the theatre stage. Instead, I experiment with alternative spaces for creativity and art production. My work has been informed by Joesphy Beuys’ idea of Social Sculpture and how the concept of cultural transformation relates to performance art, collaboration and social practice in contemporary art.
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