We are a social species yet technology and urban development are driving us apart and leaving us feeling lonely and disconnected. Amid this trajectory of weakened human connection can artist-driven actions disrupt the everyday and help us reconnect with each other within the physical world?
More than forty years ago, French philosopher Felix Guattari said, “microscopic attempts of the community…play an absolutely crucial role,” this thinking is the impetus behind my projects which are often modest and set within my local community. My recent experiments in relational art explore methods and tools for social engagement and meaningful connection. I work with small numbers of the public and create spaces for chance or planned encounters where conversation and connection can occur. I often employ low-tech tools, materials, and techniques that are accessible and familiar but I am most preoccupied with the immaterial aspect of my projects—the creation of feelings, desires, and memories.
(Relational art: In Relational Aesthetics (2002), curator and art critic Nicolas Bourriaud defines this as “a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than independent and private space.”)
I am an emerging interdisciplinary artist working with interventions and printed matter. I graduated in Fine Arts (92) at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. After a ten-year hiatus from my art practice I enrolled at Emily Carr University (2014-16) where I explored non-traditional art forms. My current work attempts to disrupt the everyday and to make connections with the public through planned and chance encounters. I have shown work in Vancouver at Britannia Art Gallery (2012), Dynamo Arts Association (2016), and Parking Spot Projects (2017)—a temporary artist-run space, amongst others. Several of my projects have also occurred in the public space unaffiliated to a gallery or institution. I will be showing some textile work-in-progress at the Corridor Gallery in Halifax (February 2019), and will be hosting a participatory installation project at Studio Lab Gallery in New Glasgow (March 2019). In 2018 I moved from Vancouver to Nova Scotia where I continue to explore and find opportunities for my relational art practice.