I’m a recent graduate of the Material Art and Design (Textile) program at the OCAD University with a minor in Social Sciences. I have been practicing textile art for more than 20 years before I attend OCAD U. My work during the last five years has shifted drastically as I learned, researched, experienced and challenged my concepts and myself in my art. Currently my practice is a multidisciplinary one and I use textile, pottery, prints and media to convey my message.
I also have a BA in English and a 3-year Computer Programming Diploma before I attended OCAD U as a mature student. Both my art education and my life & work experiences have contributed greatly to who I am today. They gave me a platform to change, accept challenges and educate myself on new and current social issues and then act upon my learning.
I politically self-identify myself as an active feminist with a focus on aging women. One of my focus areas is social issues of seniors and old women. The abuse and discrimination targeting seniors is horrifying & unjust and very close to my heart. I care for my elderly parents and am active in two guilds (Weaving & Pottery) in my community. Seniors form the majority of our guilds’ members (more than 80%). Having close relationships with our aging population I see and feel ageism and discrimination frequently. Through my art and design practice I explore and draw attention to abuse and discrimination targeting seniors especially women.
My other focus area is the notion of gender fluidity, which I studied with the help of my OCAD U professor “Robert Teixeira”. Since then I actively engage my community in discussions about gender and gender fluidity to educate my network. Coming from a culture with taboos such as gender fluidity or just being different from the mainstream “straight” image, I understand the fear and hesitation of my community in opening up and learning. I engage my audience and challenge them to find answers within themselves and bring awareness to my social groups. I believe my purpose is to make my community and people around me educated on social issues close to my heart and keen to make a difference in their community themselves.