q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.
a)I was born in
27 years ago, and just moved back here a few Vancouvermonths ago. For the past 6 years, I lived in Montrealand . San FranciscoAt the moment I'm working as a fulltime artist, and I'm applying for gradschool in the for Fall 2012. U.S.
q)How would you describe your work?
a)My work takes advantage of process and material. Working on large scale,un-evenly cut paper, my work unfolds upon a visible layered mark making.By availing myself to the discomfort that comes with following theintuitive thought process, I like to tread in the area betweenrepresentation and abstraction.
q) Did somebody encourage you to become an artist?
a)I never really thought that I would be able to be a fulltime artist andmake a living of it. That is to say, I didn't know it was even possibleuntil I started taking art classes in College. My plan was to pursueMathematics or Physics, only because I was decent at it. I completelyabandoned that once I discovered that it's very possible to make art for aliving...although not easy. It just so happens that the problem solvingapproach has been transfered from my education in Math and Science into myart practice.
q) What is your favorite medium?
a)I like to work on paper. Not only does it allow for direct contact, butit also holds up to aggressive mark making. It's easy to cut or add moresurface quickly, so there's a sense of spontaneity that melds well withmy process. All my work is on some sort of paper, and I use a wide rangeof mediums on top of that; oil paint, oil stick, pastels, acrylic paint,spray paint, ink, graphite, charcoal. My newest project involves workinguniquely on a tablet in photoshop, and then printing them out as digitalc-prints. It's exciting for me to start thinking about the process ofworking large scale in the physical world and living through the process,versus creating within the perimeter of a tablet and not seeing the finalproduct until it's done. Both are good.
q) Generally speaking, where do your ideas come from?
a)Basically, my ideas come from my own work. I'd like to say it's completelyself perpetuating, but of course there are aspects of my life andexperiences that come through. For example, when I was living in
, MontrealI was making work with sunny-beachy imagery. And while I was living in , I was making images that appear more wintery-christmassy. And Californianow it's sort of a mix of the two. This wasn't something I was fully awareof at the time, so I guess it was somehow intuited. I like to think of artmaking like an event over time. Within the time it takes to make onepiece, within a year, 10 years, a lifetime...that way there's a sense offailure and success built into each piece. It's the thing keeps itexciting...to see an evolution and continuous growth.
q) How long does it take to complete a piece?
a)It varies. On average, I'd say it takes 3 months. I work on many pieces atthe same time and go back and forth. I have some pieces that I've beenworking on for over a year.
q) Who are your favorite artists…and who are some artists you arecurrently looking/listening to?
a)Carroll Dunham, Josh Smith, Tal R, are some of my favorite artists. Theirworking method and outlook on the creation process are very inspirational.I just came back from LA, and there I saw a collaborative exhibition byAaron Curry and Richard Hawkins at David Kordansky Gallery. I was blownaway!
q) Are you represented by a gallery? Do you have any upcoming exhibits?
a)I am not represented by a gallery...yet. Right now, I'm working onapplications for grad school as well as residencies in
Canadaand . USA
q) Do you have any 'studio rituals'? As in, do you listen to certain typesof music while working? What helps to get you in the mood for working?
a)I don't have any rituals. I find that variety serves me well in thestudio. Sometimes I work along with music or the radio, sometimes insilence. Forcing myself to work everyday, even if I'm not in the mood, isimportant. If I just waited for inspiration, I would never make anything.It all comes from working.
q) What is your favorite a) taste, b) sound, c) sight, d) smell, and e)tactile sensation?
a)That's an odd question! I couldn't even start to answer it.
q) Do you have goals that you are trying to reach as an artist, what isyour 'drive'? What would you like to accomplish in your 'profession'?
a)The main goal is to be fulfilled within myself and to be constantlychallenged. Of course I can't live off of self-fulfillment, I need money!I'm going to grad school so that I can be a fulltime artist. To beimmersed in a vibrant and inquisitive community of other artists, gainexposure, and have opportunities to participate alongside innovativepractices....that's what I want to accomplish.
q) When have you started using the internet and what role does this formof communication play for you, personally, for your art, and for yourbusiness?
a)It plays a big part. I don't use the internet to help with my creationprocess, but it is useful in terms of keeping up with events ;exhibitions, openings, lectures. And of course, I'm always looking for newopportunities to show or apply for grants. I recently got my website upand it's nice when people contact me about my work or blog it. It allhelps to get your work seen throughout the world.
q) What do you obsess over?
q) Do you have prefered working hours? Do you pay attention to the time ofthe day or maybe specific lighting?
a)I'm definitely a morning person. I use the daytime hours to mainlythink/write. During the night hours, I am more able to let loose. Thethinking and making states of mind are quite separate for me and thingswork best when I'm capable of letting go of what seems most logical.
q) Do you do commissioned works?
a)I have in the past, but not of late.
q) Any tips for emerging artists?
a)Work work work work work