Artist Statement

I am a mixed race, trans/non-binary, queer artist of the Carrier Witat Nation and these are identities I inherently carry through all my making. In my work I try to create a space where I can visually reconcile and collect the intersections of my own compounded identities of gender and race to examine how they are integrated into my cultural views. This pursuit is chosen in opposition to the colonial paradigms of understanding that dominate these conversations. The intentions of my work come from a desire to shout and call forward while embracing the scrambled paroxysms of descriptors and salvaged language we use to be understood by others; to demand attention to both the necessity and absurdity we go through in finding the labels which best describe ourselves. The elevation of juxtapositions and fractures in language are strategies I use as a way of deliberately highlighting mistranslations and misunderstandings in identities that are constantly renovated and commissioned upon by ourselves and others.

My aesthetic influences refer strongly to an affectionate attachment to manga, horror and musical influences; from Frankenstein to Taiyo Matsumoto to Tanya Tagaq. Between pop culture mash-up and counter-cultural and Indigenous reference, my work is made in attempts to come upon unexpected confluences and malaphors, of punk perimeters and de-evolutions in a spirit of both ceremony and resistance.