Wednesday, 9 October 2013

New Work: Photography

Hello again,

It's been a long time. Seriously.  

I've added some new photographic work to my website. Some mushrooms, frogs, landscapes and the like. It's been an incredibly busy summer.

Consequently, I'm thinking of restructuring my whole blog to function more as a facet of my website, rather than a separate entity. Unfortunately, I'm too busy at the moment to blog frequently, but I still would like to have an outlet to publish things on occasion (like rants, because I love ranting).

 Please check out the new work I've added on my website:

I hope to have my website rebuilt by the new year - stay tuned! Also, I have some art shoots planned for the very near future so I should be posting new work within the month - exciting!


Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Upcoming Exhibition: McMaster Innovation Park

Murmurings, 2013
Speak Slowly, 2013
 My work focuses on the creation of personal mythology as a means to understand the world. Human beings use narrative, language and metaphor to grasp expansive or emotionally complex concepts – it is one of the great defining characteristics of our species. Yet, in a globalized world - arguably devoid of any cohesive, transcendent meaning - the individual is left to weave themselves into the fabric of a larger story. My personal mythologies waver somewhere between the real and the impossible or between the rational and the irrational. My work is an examination of the tension that exists in the grey area between these binaries.

 I'm pleased to announce that my work is part of an upcoming exhibition at McMaster Innovation Park's Art in the Workplace. The ongoing exhibition aims to incorporate contemporary artwork into the office space of this research facility. I will be showing two current pieces that continue my ongoing theme of personal mythologies. I'm particularly excited about this work because I have printed them larger than ever before and on a different medium - I'm extremely pleased with how they have turned out. 

If you are in the area and free on the opening night (Thursday, August 1) please stop by and say hi! I will be doing the awkward smile and greet while I stand beside very large and very strange images of myself. If you want to read more about the opening night, click here.

Until next time, 


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Tall Ships - Hamilton, Ontario

This is just a quick photo post of some shots I got when I had the fantastic experience of cruising on the Tall Ship Liana's Ransom. These boats were awe-inspiring. 

I've been insanely busy in both my professional and personal life (which is also kind of professional). I have an exhibition coming up that I have been prepping for - which I'll write about at a later date. Truth be told, I wish I had more time to blog. However, life is good and I feel incredibly lucky everyday. 



Saturday, 22 June 2013

My Garden & Turning 24

Yesterday was the first day of summer, which also happens to be my birthday. This is the time of year when the garden really starts to come together and fill out. We're growing quite a lot this year - herbs, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, raspberries, strawberries (although squirrels keep eating them), and a lot of flowers. I'm really grateful to have so much property to grow things on - not having any was one of the reasons I really disliked living in Toronto.

I'm really excited for my twenty-fourth year. A lot of things have changed in my life in the past few months and I'm feeling really positively about the future. In the past six months I've worked really hard, both professionally and personally, and it's paid off more than I could have anticipated. Truthfully, I can't wait to see what the next year of my life will bring. On that note, I think I'll cheers myself with an afternoon beer (not joking at all) and leave you with some nice pictures of my garden.


Monday, 10 June 2013

New Work

Murmurings, 2013
I have seen
A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract
Of inland ground, applying to his ear
The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell;
To which, in silence hushed, his very soul
Listened intensely; and his countenance soon
Brightened with joy; for from within were heard
Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed
Mysterious union with its native sea.

William Wordsworth, The Excursion, 1814, IV - Despondency Corrected

Sunday, 9 June 2013

New Work

Concentrate (People Dying, Children Crying), 2013
Well, this was one of the worst things I've ever done in my life. As I mentioned in a previous post, a lot of my work is just me in incredibly uncomfortable situations. Considering my absolute disdain for raw eggs, this was one of my least favourite shoots to do, but totally worth it. The idea behind this is the children's game "Concentrate" that is often played in schoolyards and during sleepovers. It's a really creepy chanting game and in the end one of players will supposedly find out how they are going to die based on the symbolism of colour.  A lot of people are uncomfortable thinking that children might consider the concept of death, but I find it fascinating that they use metaphor and play to understand the notion of dying.

I shot another piece recently with a vaguely similar theme and will be sharing that soon, so stay tuned.