Artist Statement

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photo by Don Heisz

My arts practice focuses on domestic artifacts and lived experience. I make work with collections of documents, objects, and images housed in the home to trace habits, people, activities, and evolving memory. My performance practice explores the work required to maintain households and the identities embodied in repetitive, domestic labour.

My methodology seeks to constantly witness – and document – evolving understandings about the meaning and significance of domestic labour and physical objects and memorabilia. Research, ongoing futile documentation and archival processes are important aspects of my work.

As an interdisciplinary artist, I am interested in what is revealed and what is concealed when artists and viewers/participants make choices. My practice is rooted in epistemology and phenomenology, and the nature and limits of both perception and representation. My practice explores knowledge issues and the limits of perception through research, studio practice, and my final disseminated forms – installations, performances, and participatory viewer experiences designed to raise questions about what is knowable through subjective encounters with both art and everyday objects.

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