Photo by Taylor Summach.
As a child I was “unschooled” by unconventional parents who did not believe in formal education. Though I received no formal instruction, creativity and critical thinking was highly encouraged and I taught myself how to draw, paint and work with clay. Our family relocated frequently, moving across the United States and finally immigrating to Costa Rica. This varied ubringing has had a profound impact on my life and subsequently my art practice. After leaving home and spending a year with no fixed address, I arrived in Manitoba in 2004 to study for my first BA in Liberal Arts (Providence University-College, 2010). I worked the next seven years in front-line crisis support, and sold handmade items at craft fairs. In 2016 I enrolled at the School of Art to complete a BFA (2020) with the goal of becoming a professional artist. While at the school I have participated in a number of student exhibits, and most recently mounted a solo exhibition in the School of Art Student Gallery. I have also taken part in off-campus group shows and was invited last fall to participate in the Portfolio Print Exchange. This past summer I was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research Award (2018) and spent 16 weeks with Associate Professor Grace Nickel assisting her in the studio research and pursuing my own research applying linocuts to clay surfaces. In my time at the University of Manitoba I have been diagnosed with the permanent perceptual disabilities of dyslexia and ADHD which I have come to see as an asset to my art as they allow me to work from a place of neurological diversity. Combined with my unusual upbringing, my art comes from the intersection of these experiences. In my art I focus on disrupting hierarchies of thought and experience, such as chaos vs. order and human vs. animal. I explore the liminal space between these binaries and seek to inhabit the places where these lines are blurred or reversed.
Anthropocene (2019), School of Art Student Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
The Vanishing Grasslands (2015), Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, Steinbach, Canada.
Latent Images (upcoming, 2019), School of Art Student Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Anything Whatever (2019), Member’s Show, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Home—Then and Now (2018), Portfolio Print Exchange, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, USA
School of Art Student Show (2018), Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Where are you from? (2018), Gallery of Student Art, Winnipeg, Canada
Contemporaries (2017), School of Art Student Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Show and Create (2017) Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Folk Fest Fauna (upcoming, 2019), Prairie Outdoor Exhibition, Winnipeg, Canada
500 Poweshiek Skipperlings (2017), Summertide, The Forks, Winnipeg, Canada
Prairie Outdoor Exhibition (2017), Winnipeg, Canada
2018 University of Manitoba Student Union Scholarship
2018 1 st Place award in Creative Category for Research Poster
2018 Undergraduate Research Award
2017 University of Manitoba Student Union Scholarship