I create ways to communicate the beauty and intelligence of our planet…
I come from a small island village looking out over Canadian seas. From a young age, I played curiously by the shoreline with washed-up jellyfish and seashells as schools of humpback whales swam through the bay. For me, it was a place of true wonder; a universe of great unknowns waiting to be discovered. I moved away from Sunday Cove Island but often returned for the summers to go boating with my grandfather and collect curiosities that lay on the Atlantic Ocean floor. Increasingly obsessed with the mysterious marine life that lurked beneath, I became a scuba diver and an aquarium hobbyist. My passion to observe and mimic nature was born.
I moved back to Newfoundland to study my BFA in Visual Arts at Memorial University, as I was captivated by the Island’s unique environment and my Indigenous heritage tied to it. I spent one semester abroad in Tasmania, Australia, to explore the distinct natural land and marine environments. I also journeyed another semester through England to learn about its rich artistic and cultural histories and how it impacts the modern world. These experiences led me to Europe, where I pursued my MA in Sculptural Conceptions and Ceramics at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria. Here, I travelled to Italy to acquire skills working with glass and marble. I also travelled to Portugal to enhance my sculpting abilities with modern technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing.
My appreciation for nature’s development and growth comes through creating sculptures and installations, with pieces like Endangered Patterns and Seascape, by contributing lengthy amounts of empathetic labour. I choose materials such as ceramic and metal for the preservation of their delicate structures. With performance, I attempt to understand the feeling of being stuck and vulnerable in an unforgiving environment. In my documented performance, Nowhere To Go, created next to the cold Atlantic Ocean, I stood in a handmade sculpture base replicating coral for as long as possible, wearing only a small dress. Just after 23 minutes the conditions became unbearable. I use photography to try imitating imbalances caused by climate change with species like jellyfish and phytoplankton and drawing as a playful way to document the little curiosities around me.