ARTIST STATEMENT

        I am a multi-disciplinary artist primarily working with video and collage, both digital and found objects, exploring themes of identity, authenticity, simulacrum, and the everyday. Communicating social and political messages to the viewer through the use of humor and the accessibility of materials is essential to my practice.
        Everyday I feel compelled to create, whether it be through traditional materials and techniques like cedar carving and beading to working with contemporary technology by manipulating footage from old VHS tapes found buried in the attic. With previous works I have used moss, wild flora, and birchbark in order to create beaded wall sculptures questioning the authenticity and ‘realness’ of these materials and my role as an Aboriginal artist.
        Memories, dreams, and the process of remembering are other themes which flow through my work. Currently, I’m fabricating a large beaded and embroidered wall hanging illustrating the malleability of memories and their authenticity through an altered dream landscape. Working with my hands steeped in tradition connects me to the women of my family and to both sets of my ancestors.
        History, education, and research are integral to my practice and ones that I take great joy in. Previously, I have created a Mi’kmaq language children’s picture book of digital collages. Learning the language of my grandmother is a part of reclamation and decolonization. Without investigation into the past, current histories and experiences have little meaning. I’m not creating these pieces alone because everyone who has come before me is woven into my narrative and my work.