I am northern Ontario based artist, activist, and historian, whose artwork is rooted in a female perspective and explores contemporary feminist issues. My work critiques established societal expectation and perceptions of women through a mainly satirical dialogue. Over the past couple of years, I have discovered a passion for textile art, a common art form adopted by women throughout history. By subverting this craft associated medium, I invite critical conversation regarding the position of women in art history and the hierarchy of society at large. I have since worked to combine textile art with silk screen print to activate this conversation through a body of mixed media work.
Overall my work celebrates femininity while critiquing misogyny and the patriarchy. Though I place myself in opposition to the patriarchy and its gendered expectations of women, I strive to ensure that my work does not propagate a gendered bias from a female perspective. Instead, I seek to destabilize the pertinence of gender inequality, which continues to exist by inviting viewers to reflect on their own assumptions surrounding female sexuality, the female body, and gender roles/expectations. While maintaining the theoretical advantages of second-wave feminism and being largely inspired by 20th century feminist art aesthetics, both my studio practice and art historical research prioritize intersectionality. I furthermore use my work as a form of activism through recognizable contemporary references including language and phrases, imagery, and constructed objects.
Currently, I am an MA candidate in the art history department at Carleton University, where I am working to develop an understanding of feminism and art theory. Through my research as an art historian I intend to use my voice and drive for equality to cultivate a collective feminist consciousness within society. It is my goal that through an in-depth understanding of feminist art history I will be more successfully able to contribute to contemporary feminism as an artist. I believe that once we can fully understand and appreciate the history of women and recognize where we started, it is then, and only then, that it becomes possible to see where we are going.