HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT TAP?
WHAT IS YOUR PREFERED MEDIUM? HOW DID YOU COME ABOUT USING IT?
My practice began in video-performance and my work expands through ephemeral objects to moving images.
IS THERE ANOTHER MEDIUM THAT YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY?
I have been thinking a lot about the potential of performance as of recent, but having a hard time figuring out the best way forward while mitigating performance-anxiety. I do also think there are possibilities for my work to stretch into AR/VR.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A STUDIO/ CREATION IN YOUR LIFE?
A studio gives the chance to settle into work. This means providing a place to think, try, fail, fail again... It provides a ground for all these necessary steps in the process of creative production.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF YOUR STUDIO?
ARE THERE ANY FUN STUDIO HABITS THAT YOU HAVE DEVELOPED?
Does avoiding it (in the past, at least) count?
Oh, also the failing... in abundance :)
HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT CREATING? IS THERE AN OBJECTIVE THAT YOU SET OUT TO COMPLETE OR IS IT MORE INTUITIVE?
Please refer to the failing comment, once again.
However, if you're looking for a bit more, I think the specific process usually goes something like:
-possible idea happens, somehow
-labour over idea
-mentally expend all horrific outcomes
-regret starting project and want to abandon it
-remember impending deadline in 2 weeks
-make work + wallow more
-never look at work again
That's what it means to have a studio practice, right? I could be doing something wrong.
I guess if you're asking for a more formal response, I would say I do have specific goals or outcomes within my work and those have fairly defined terms. My work is usually not intuitive but more reactive against something (image, text, song etc) and the project moves in response to that. Overall, my process is one of undoing; a pathway of or to ruin.
HOW DO YOU DECIDE IF A CONCEPT WORKS BEST AS A PHYSICAL PIECE, MEDIA WORK OR EXPERIENCE?
The final output is usually determined by the work I want the project to do, and how it needs to take place. This is an innate part of it, so the medium is always situated within its conception. Overall, the medium is determined by how I want the viewer to receive and interact with the work.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT IN HAVING AN ARTS PRACTICE THAT EVOLVES THROUGH DIFFERENT MEDIUMS? ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO THAT?
Having an expansive practice allows you to approach the viewer from different directions. It also alleviates the fear of monotony and repetition. It opens doors for exploration, but I do think that sometimes the major differences across the projects throw the viewer. However, I see this as productive and through the difference I hope they can start connecting the points of similarity. I want to engender a productive and engaged exchange.
YOUR WORK HAS AN ELEMENT OF HUMOUR THAT MAKES IT APPROACHABLE YET EFFECTIVE IN CONVEYING YOUR INTENTION. HOW DO YOU STRIKE THAT BALANCE?
I think humour can be an important tool when approaching some subjects. For me, it's productive and does not simply exist for its own sake. It's not mere irony, but works in tandem with critical reflection toward the undoing of something. Working with humour can be hard because it is relational so that exchange between myself and the viewer is vital. Sometime the joke flops, but there are other times when it opens up new spaces for conversation and that's the goal.
YOU ARE OUR NEWEST RESIDENT ARTIST (WELCOME TO TAP). WHAT IS IT LIKE MOVING TO A NEW SPACE DURING COVID? DOES IT PRESENT UNIQUE CHALLENGES AND WHAT APPROACH WILL YOU TAKE TO ADAPT TO THIS CREATIVE COMMUNITY?
Well, to start, there was a lot of dodging folks spitting on the street.
But, after that navigation I began the process of settling into the studio. It will be good to have all my materials in a dedicated space where access is easy and things are at arms reach. I think that will help my productivity.
I look forward to tackling some projects I have on the go. I'm excited to start working on a digital series funded by Canada Council for the Art's Digital Originals grant as well as my solo exhibition for YYZ opening in the spring.
As for the community, it may be hard in the beginning but I'm excited to be surrounded by hard working individuals. Hope that energy rubs off on me. Fingers crossed.