For a long time I have pursued themes of decline and decay, loss and remembrance, and cycles of life and death in both natural and constructed environments.
I am a huge fan of boarded up buildings and sites of demolition which I seek out on urban photographic excursions and capture for "reimagining". I digitally deconstruct these urban relics and reconstruct them in more expansive, dreamlike spaces to allow the viewer greater room for contemplation and imagination.
My favourite subjects to photograph include flowers and cars—the former I grow in my garden and the latter I chase down the street if I notice a particularly interesting pattern of rust or deterioration. I tend to shoot dark and utilize high contrast to enhance the rich colours of my subjects. While many of the images may appear gloomy to those who love their pictures bright and cheerful, I find peace in the shadows and comfort in the depth of colour I capture in that fleeting moment of breath between the visual spark and the shutter click.
I also love Hamilton, Ontario, Canada--a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant arts community--where I currently live with my husband and two cats.
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Solo: 2023 places lost and found Special Projects Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Group: 2023 Decay Melt Studio & Gallery, Picton, Canada Exhibition No. 1 Art at Seven Innovation, Dundas, Canada Fantasiawith Albany Sutherland, Caitlyn DeGroot & Drew Taylor, Spookyfish & Sun Rain, Farside B-Side, Hamilton, Canada Renewal Melt Studio & Gallery, Picton, Canada AGH Annual Art Sale (juried) Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada It'll Be OK Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada 4090 Special Projects Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2022 SWARM! Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Canada Gardens in a Dangerous Time with Taline Kavoukian; curated by Acey Rowe Gales Gallery, Toronto, Canada AGH Annual Art Sale (juried) Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Canada Annual Juried Exhibition Latcham Art Centre, Stouffville, Canada Neither Here Nor Therewith Genevieve Singer, Ashlei Stewart & Emily Huang Gales Gallery, Toronto, Canada International Women's Day 2022 Group Show Leslie Grove Gallery, Toronto, Canada Projects & Commissions: 2023 Scotiabank Arena Art Collection, Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada City of Hamilton Signal Wrap Public Art Project, Hamilton, Canada SPAO Photo Walk, School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Online: 2022 Society of Canadian Artists' Open International Juried Exhibition Society of Canadian Artists, Canada EmergenceBMO Nominee VAAH Open House, Toronto, Canada EtherealThird Place Capital Culture House, Madrid, Spain The Places We Dwell Co-Ex Art collaborative art guild, Windsor, Canada 11th Annual "All Women" ExhibitionSpecial Merit Award Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, Palm Springs, USA
EDUCATION BFAYork University, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Toronto Canada Dynamic Media Certificate, Center for Electronic Art, San Francisco USA MSW University of Toronto, Canada BA University of Toronto, Canada