HONEST PAINTING - New Series
There is a design philosophy that I follow called Honest Design. It’s about embracing the beauty of imperfection and transparently honouring the object’s material, function, and history. I stand behind this whole heartedly, so I started to wonder how I could apply this approach to painting. To begin, I believe an honest painting would need to be abstract; a non-representational creative expression in of itself. And secondly, it shouldn’t disguise the history of the marks or evidence of the artist’s hand who made it. Lastly, it would have to be honest throughout the process. To do that, I drew on the Zen meditation practice of painting the Ensō: embracing the beauty of imperfection by capturing exactly where you’re at in that moment and resisting the urge to go back in and “fix” it. Throughout this exploration I find myself fighting against my own impulses as well as the nature of painting itself – raising the question, is painting inherently dishonest?
100 Day Packing List
A visual packing list drawn daily for 100 days as I considered my possessions and my attachment to them.
River & Agate
"River" + "Agate" were commissioned by Darling Magazine and published in their Fall 2015 issue with an article titled, "The Great Divide", which highlighted today's gender wage gap.
HOOP Collection: XL, L, M, S, XS
By removing the painting from its traditional frame and into a tool customary to needlework and handcrafts, HOOP pushes at the boundaries of Fine Art. The embroidery hoop reflects textiles, which in the past was largely generalized as a craft reserved for women. The marble pattern is not only illustrious and beautiful, it also references classical sculpture, which is quintessentially 'Fine Art' and at it's height was predominantly governed by male artists.
Reforming Canvas Series
I use materials like canvas, paint, and ink to reference traditional fine art practice of painting while reforming varying elements to emulate textile craft: a non-traditional medium, generally categorized as craft and primarily practiced by women. I aim to interrupt the viewer's expectations and challenge the specific values placed on different mediums.
Pensil + Rokk Project
I was inspired by the beautiful patterns and textures that inhabit my surroundings here on the Canadian West coast.
The Pensil + Rokk Pocket Squares each mimic a rock, which I hand painted with ink on silk squares with hand-rolled seams.
After taking a brief break from painting (call it an artist block) I picked up a new tool that was enough to inspire me. It was a Japanese straw brush from a country market and it created the most beautiful texture, as well as a feeling of disconnect and freedom to create. So I named this series after my tool, BRUSH and let it do the work for me.
Memento Mori Projects
Using skull imagery and metaphors for death relates back to a medieval art movement called Memento Mori, which in Latin translates to, 'remember your mortality'. This reflection of death is meant to emphasize life and the fleetingness of objects and pursuits. This often brings on a sobering effect that can provide a larger perspective and a reminder to celebrate and cherish the life you have. This has been practiced across many religions and beliefs, from Mexico's "Day of the Dead" to Japanese Zen Buddhism's annual appreciation of cherry blossoms beauty before they fall.
I am currently taking on commissions.
Contact me if you have a project in mind, I would love hear from you!