HELLO, THANKS FOR
I am a Canadian contemporary artist and educator living in Walkerton, Ontario.
I'm primarily a photographer and sculptor who creates multimedia pieces that portray a sense of loss, the desire to hold onto the past and the impulse to rebuild. I'm especially interested in ideas surrounding memories. By leaving each story open-ended, the viewers of my work can often relate to the events of their own lives. My work is also characterized through combinations of unusual materials, such as photographs on bricks, organic materials, or shattered pieces of glass.
I share a home with my husband, two young children, and a dimwitted but lovable chocolate Lab named Apollo.
I have been greatly inspired both artistically and personally through my travels. I have lived in Brazil and Mexico City, studied in Italy, and found inspirations from visits to Chile, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Spain, Austria, the United States, and Jamaica.
(2007) When I returned to Canada after living in Mexico, my parents decided to sell their beautiful, historical farmhouse to a developer. The plan was to level the house and turn the property into a large pharmacy. This event made me think a lot about how our memories are tied to the structures we live in. What happens to those memories when the building they are tied to is destroyed?
To trigger these thoughts in the viewer, I transfered photographs of my home life onto brick. The bricks, while not broken, are not intact as they should be to create a wall, hinting at the immanent fate of the house.
The use of transfers and layers in my art became really important to me after this, and led me to become what I refer to as a photographic sculptor.
Epidermis (Mexico en la Piel)
Postcards From Mexico
Stories and Secrets
I wrote when I was in grade two that I wanted to be "an art teacher", and that's exactly where life took me! After graduating from St. Mary's High School in Woodstock, Ontario, I attended the University of Toronto and Sheridan College for a degree and diploma in Fine Art and Art History. At Sheridan I earned the Excellence in Advanced Photography Award.
In 2004 I was accepted into the specialized Artist in Community Bachelor of Education (ACE) program at Queens University, for a select number of artists, musicians, and actors. This was followed by attending the Critical Disabilities graduate program at York University.
As part of the ACE program, I completed a prestigious internship at the Dolores Olmedo Museum and the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. I found the experience so interesting that I decided to teach history for two years at the Tec de Monterrey (Estado de Mexico) for two years afterwards.
I currently teach visual and media arts, as well as Spanish, at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton, Ontario. You can find examples of my student’s work at www.facebook.com/ArtSHHS
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
LEARNING TO SEW
I just bought my first sewing machine, so it's time to learn how to hem!
I created and edited parts of this website with Muse, and aim to learn a lot more.
I used to be a runner years ago, and want to get back to it now that the weather is cooler.
I'm still watching shows in Spanish, and want to start DuoLingo lessons in Dutch and German.
GET IN TOUCH
I am currently on maternity leave, and will be returning to my job at Sacred Heart High School in September, 2016. Until then, please just send me an email!
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