Board of Governors Graduating Student Award Recipient - Ceramics
I believe that the objects that surround us are an extension of our identity. With this in mind, I make work in response to the objects and rituals of the everyday. I have become particularly aware of the relationship I have with the objects in my home and how they affect my mood on a daily basis. I am curious about the interplay of my habits, living conditions, and mental health.
Still Life with Dishes
I have become particularly aware of the relationship we have with dishes and how they affect our mood on a daily basis. I am curious about the interplay of my habits, living conditions and mental health.
This pile of dirty dishes is from a family photo album. On the back, in my mom’s handwriting with a Bic pen, is documented: 1991, microwave 10 year anniversary. And it’s funny because you can’t see the microwave, but it’s there behind the pile of dishes. My parents think they are pretty funny. And somehow it’s easier for me to talk about depression with a bit of humour.
Versions of my mom's favourite cup
A series of cups made in sequence.
The object I am making is still out of focus in my mind’s eye, so I keep making versions, slowly manifesting its final form.
I navigate this intuitive way of making within parameters I have set up for myself.
If I make a version of my mom’s favourite teacup, will it make me think of my mom thinking of her grandmother?
Who am I making this for? Myself? Or for my mother? Or for my great grandmother's memory?
Part of my practice revolves around participation and collaboration. By inviting outsiders to share information, I am able to draw connections between our private spaces. For this project I asked friends and family to send me photos of their clean and dirty piles of dishes. From those images I made a series of charcoal drawings. As the materiality of the dishes evolved, the function also changed from utilitarian items to still life objects.
How do you stack?
Ten participants performed their dish stacking strategy for an informal experiment.
How to measure time in isolation
How to measure time in isolation is both a video with audio and a site-specific performance/installation. In this project, I am investigating how the COVID-19 lockdown and isolation both amplified and diminished my sense of time. A couple of years ago, I discovered that Sudoku puzzles helped calm my anxiety. I keep a Sudoku book and pen on my nightstand and it helps to slow down racing thoughts at night.
In the video component of How to measure time in isolation, nine Sudoku games are being played simultaneously in the format of a mega Sudoku puzzle. The video’s audio of overlapping recorded conversations and partial radio segments is a reflection of the cacophony of voices in my head.
The larger-than-life site-specific installation/performance is the embodiment of coping with increasing anxiety.