I have a multidisciplinary art practice that investigates the stories we tell about the places we live. I moved to Sydney from BC (via Fredericton and Halifax) in 2008 where my practice was sparked by an interest in post-industrial spaces. Between 2010 and 2014, I worked as part of the collective Moving Arms II (with Bernie MacCuish), whose performance and installation works replicate, celebrate and subvert Cape Breton tourist culture. My current project, Disturbed Sites, continues to tell stories about Cape Breton, past and present through examinations and interventions into the natural world.
Workshops and Activities
As a multi-disciplinary artists I work in a variety of media and practices depending on the project. Some areas of interest include: -botanical illustration -interventions in the landscape (also known as land art) -printmaking Please continue reading below for workshop ideas related to these themes. Botanical illustration is a great way to practice observational skills vital to both artistic and scientific inquiry. Though the idea is to draw or paint a specimen so that it can be identified scientifically, the goal isn’t photorealism. No drawing or painting experience is necessary. I would love to partner with a class that is studying ecosystems or plant and animal life. The workshop would ideally involve working inside as well as outside the classroom. Land art involves using the natural environment for both the materials and site of the art. This workshop can be tied in with Botanical Illustration and would be particularly meaningful in making connections with outdoor learning environments or school gardens. Printmaking is a process founded in the concept of repetition. A single design can be printed in multiples or a motif can be repeated to create a pattern. This is a very hands-on process with combinations of drawing, carving, and the technical skill of printing itself. Printmaking can be linked with many different content areas from math and sciences to ELA and health.
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Primary – 3, 4 – 6, 7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise
Collage, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Print Making