I’m an artist who’s lived and worked in a number of Canadian cities including Toronto, Saskatoon and Edmonton. I’ve lived and worked in Vancouver since 1999. Many, many years ago I studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and received my MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) in 1993.
This blog is subtitled “Negotiating Doubt” as a way to represent my ongoing struggle to overcome doubt and continue producing as an artist. I discuss this struggle within a number of posts throughout this blog (here, here and here, for example).
My work in drawing, installation and video has been represented in numerous exhibitions, festivals and screenings across Canada, United States and Europe. My work was included in Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver at Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver) in 2001 and For the Record: Drawing for Contemporary Life at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2003. I developed a site specific installation of wall drawings for The Gaze of History at the Burnaby Art Gallery in 2012.
An exhibition of my installation Unlikeness, curated by Makiko Hara, is on view at the Teck Gallery, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) until April 25, 2021.
Another installation, Babyface, is part of the Facing Time exhibition, curated by Jordan Strom at the Surrey Art Gallery until March 27, 2021.
My projects have been characterized by an interest in representations of maternal ambivalence, notions of the parasite, interrogations of portraiture and the representation of ambiguous identities.
For many years I focused on the topic artist-mothers. A collection of resources can be found here. In 2000 I co-produced a conference for artist-mothers, First Person Plural for Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) in Winnipeg. Essays considering my identity as an artist mother have been included in Mothering Canada: Interdisciplinary Voices (2010) and Reconciling Art and Mothering (2012).
I’m a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University (Vancouver) and have developed numerous participatory drawing projects for adults and children at galleries, schools and community centres. A revised version of a guest blog post I wrote for the Vancouver Draw Down about drawing in everyday life can be found here.