Recently, I’ve been developing a new body of work that I’m pretty pleased to share a little information about. During my time as a student I spent my final year mastering studio lighting and portraiture; at the time I wanted some fluidity in my portfolio and I was happy to take professional portraits of my friends. After graduating I moved into the realm of freelance and eventually drifted away from portraiture in a creative context. I was still taking them here and there for clients but it wasn’t something I wanted to be shooting anymore.
While this was going on I was still shooting film for my own personal projects and I saw it as a means of separating my commercial practice and my visual art practice. It never really occurred to me to use film as a more technical means of shooting because digital was quick, easy, and delivered results instantly.
When I first started compiling my research into a more corporeal project, second-sight, I really wanted to create work about mixed-race identity. It’s something that has always been a part of my life and I remember trying to write about my own experiences in high school for my acad first year application. At the time I wasn’t really able to articulate what I was feeling cohesively and in some ways I translated those feelings into a broader exploration of identity in my work through self portraits.
For second-sight, I wanted to turn the lens away from me. I’ve been reaching out to friends who have experienced varying levels of oppression because of their mixed background to participate as subjects in my photos. I want these portraits to feel intimate and so I’ve restricted each shoot to a single roll of medium format film (12 shots in total). I also decided to bring studio lighting into the equation which has produced fantastic results. All of the work will be printed traditionally in a darkroom and hopefully displayed in a gallery setting in the near future, but for now, I’ll provide some raw negatives for you to peruse.
On the topic of exhibiting work, I have a couple of other things to announce. At the end of January I was selected to be a part of Big Studio with the Big Winter Classic Festival and displayed some older work from my sad girl text art series.
Additionally, I currently have work up at the Window Gallery (205 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB) until March 4th. The closing reception is March 1st 7-10pm and I will be awkwardly speaking on a panel with other artists about my work so please come if you can make it!
A small showing of my second-sight series is currently up at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD) for the Exposure Blindspot Showcase until Feb 15th.
Lastly, I’ve been selected for a monthly artist feature at Rosso Coffee Roasters (Stephen Ave location). Stop by during the month of June to check out some prints from my kenopsia series; which were last seen at Loft 704 during Exposure 2016.