The visual landscapes I create are internal. They hybridize the rhetoric of seeing with the human desire to make conduits, to enable passageways to other beings. It has become, what seems, an unfulfillable obsession to evoke the responses of memory and lived experience through the merging of the written word and the photograph; to develop further, deeper, more resolved ways of conveying those things which lie outside the communicable. Together they (the image and the word) draft a new language, turn over stones to define rhythm and conversation between two mediums which themselves occupy polarities. As with darkness and light, they become reliant on one another for the articulation of their forms; become equally requisite to the performative function of their existence.
In my artistic practice I explore the ontology of truth by remixing my own archives to create fictionalised photograph and word-based narratives, often reimagining entire periods of my life. Such works question the nature of perceived reality, truthfulness in the digital epoch and the reliability of memory; they seek to deconstruct notions of fact through the questioning of my own capacity for recollection. Guided by a persevering interest in critical theory, I investigate visual representation and the ways in which both text and the subjectivity of truth disrupt the semiotic messaging of the image. My practice reflects my experience as an artist, poet and woman living in and traversing other continents, systems and cultural paradigms.
Eulogy of Gravity (solo exhibition). the Ou Gallery. Duncan, Canada.
Rêverie (Curators: Julie Côté and Joani Tremblay). Projet Pangée. Montreal, Canada. (photography and poetry).
Ontology. Art Matters Festival. Espace Projet. Montreal, QC. (curator).
Spectres: Women in Art. Off-site. Victoria, Canada.
Thought Fox Arts Collective. Off-site, Edinburgh College of Art. Edinburgh, UK.
Artist Feature. Stolen Ground Publishing. online pub. July 2017. (photography).
Ontology. Folca Press. Chapbook. (photography and poetry).
2 Poems, Omega blog, Metatron. (poetry).
Threshold. Leaf Press, 2015. Chapbook, in collaboration with poems by Marilyn Bowering. (photography).
The God Poems, with Leon Rooke. Words and Art: Commentary by Marilyn Bowering. The Exile Quarterly, Vol. 35. No. 3. 2012. (photography).
2012 Five Poems and an Interview with John Vardon. The New Quarterly, Issue 121. 2012. (photography).
Cover photograph. The Warwick Review, Vol. V. No. 4. (photography).
Shian, Xan. Mini Series. The Void Magazine, vol. 10, no. 1. Winter, 2012. p. 18. Concordia University. (photography).