After undergoing major spinal surgery a student is no longer able to participate in gym class. The phys-ed coach sits the student at a desk, places 12 red cups in front of her and presses play to a VHS tape of the famously accessible and inclusive sport of competitive cup stacking. For three semesters the student sits alone and stacks 12 red cups in different sequences in varied levels of complexity and clumsiness. No ever competes against her, or checks her technique.
Looking back, this gym class experience (while admittedly comical); was also symbolic of my experience with Scoliosis. This symbolism, along with the isolating and repetitive process of receiving medical care (waiting rooms, examinations, tests, ticking clocks, beeping machines..); is mirrored through a performance piece title Up-Stack, Down-Stack that allows the interior struggles of an invisible disability to be played out through outer terrains of competitive cup-stacking.
Centre for Print and Media Arts Residency Group Exhibition, Hamilton, ON (Group) 2019
The Body Electric, Exhibition and International Conference on Resident Education presented at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Halifax, NS (Juried) 2018
Sick Theories, A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Sickness & Sexuality, University of Toronto, ON (Juried) 2018
VIBE: Transforming able-ism through the arts, exhibition symposium, Concordia University, Montréal, QC (Juried), 2018
Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival, co-presented by The Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Hamilton, ON (Group) 2018
Slut Island Festival, Montréal, QC, (Juried) 2018
Morbus, Kelvin Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK (Group) 2018
Forward Bend Test
People become patients upon entering the examination space.
Patients bend forward with feet together, arms hanging limp and knees extended until the back becomes horizontal. The examiner assesses from behind and slowly runs a finger down the patient's spine.
The comfort and trust of being "traced" by the hand of a fellow patient replaces medical jargon, medical equipment and the notion of the body as an object of analysis.
Following proper doctor etiquette, patients leave the examination space as people with lollipops in hand.
The Images In Our heads, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON. 2016
Canada Council of the Arts, Cultivate Professional Development Grant
Jump & Slap
Scoliosis exaggerates the straight walls that surround my body. I bend down, cover my hands with blue pigment, and jump as high as I can by propelling my interior hardware upwards, expanding the space between each vertebrate, elongating the spine and slapping the wall with my blue hands before landing back on my feet to absorb the compression.
The Images in our Heads, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON. (group show), 2016
Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival, co-presented by The Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Hamilton, ON
Lumière First Night, Sydney, NB
Nuit Rose, Toronto, ON
Vancouver Outsider Art Festival, Vancouver, BC
Centre for Print and Media Arts Residency Group Exhibition, Hamilton, ON
Erase & Repeat
Color it blue Erase the blue Color it blue Erase the blue Color it blue Erase the blue Color it blue Erase the blue
Luminous Bodies Artist Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ON. 2015