My works are narrative and contemplative in nature, often encouraging engagement and exploration, working in video, photography, sculpture and public art.
In 2016, I designed Urban Forest, an outdoor public sculpture for First Capital Realty and Longo's at Shops of Oakville South Mall. Urban Forest combines cast aluminum and quarried stone, responding to ideas of sustainability and environmental stewardship while creating a space for conversation and relaxation.
In 2017, I completed the Wiidosendiwag- Walking Together Tour in Owen Sound, ON, featuring five sculptures and twenty five audio stories. Using the premise Walking is Medicine, spoken by Brock Lewis who journeyed from his Indigenous community in the north to Ottawa for Idle no more in 2013, a tour was designed. The tour responds to ideas of reconciliation through education, working with community partners Susan Staves (nee Schank) of the Great Lakes Metis Council and Trish Meekins of Nikaanaganaa Counselling & Learning Centre and the First United Truth and Reconciliation Circle in consultation with the Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash, Neyaashiinigmiing. This project was funded by the Grey Bruce Community Foundations 150 Program, City of Owen Sound, the United Church Truth and Justice Fund and individual patrons. In 2019, the tour added informational plaques incorporating Indigenous studies students from St. Mary's Catholic High School. In 2020, this project won a Cultural Heritage Award from the city of Owen Sound.
For more information on my work please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-370-2345.
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