Bread, shellac, found ceramics, mortar, powdered tempera.
Macaroni, foam, glue, stretch velour, polyfill.
Gallstones, the yo-yo dieters curse, pearls, beads, sequins, glitter, beeswax, satin, fringe, 3ftx3ft and 3ftx2ft, 2017.
Fat Armour, denim, expanding foam, salt dough, blue sand, sequins, plastic jewels, tin, paint, pom-poms, and spray tan, 2017.
Numina- the Big Green Woman, goddess of the little green men. Numina exists shamelessly in bodily contradiction to her devotees. Where the little green men are frail and inconsequential in size, Numina revels in her magnitude. Thrifted plastic dollhouses, plaster, Crayola clay, coloured and natural sands, and powdered tempera’s are utilized to create a sci-fi maximalist landscape where Numina wanders and ponders her world, formulating the universe she desires. In this series Numina is presented as a solitary being, shaping and crafting her surroundings. She is the active creator, the maker of worlds. Artistic, intelligent, sexual, and dominant; Numina behaves in contradiction to her singular-minded, cloned followers. They are hive mind where Numina is autonomy.
Numina is inspired by 60’s sci-fi pulp, feminist science fiction, and the deistic outsider art created in extraterrestrial spiritualism.
The Adipose series is a meditation on fatness. Exploring horizontal growth with grace and defiance. This series combines minimal materials: denim, expanding foam, satin covered plinths- to speak to a variety of realities experienced as a fat woman.
In the introduction to ‘Bodies out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression’ Kathleen LeBesco and Jana Evans Braziel state that “the fat or adipose tissue is regarded as a voracious parasite, an inessential and excisable mass, that suffocates and even consumes the ‘ideal’ or essential body.”1 This passage serves as a valuable locus from which to approach the Adipose series. The vaguely body-like forms are overcome with mycelium-like growths, decidedly not parasitic. Instead they represent nourishing growth.
Denim is a loaded material; from the 1950’s onward denim has been the uniform for the undeniably and impossibly cool. ‘Nothing comes between me and my Calvin’s’ epitomizes the vast barrier between cultural capital and the fat women. For us something crushingly tangible comes between us and our Calvin’s- the shape and size of our bodies. In the Adipose series a fatty, puffy, sumptuous material balloons forth from rips in abstracted denim forms. Here the ‘body’ defies the parameters of the ideal form. It will not be contained. The foam/body is hyperbolic- but also not- as one contemplates a ‘muffin-top’ and the ridiculous ire they receive.
The sculptures rest upon sensuous satin plinths- a reference to the often problematic sexualization of fat bodies. We are objectified by ‘chubby chaser’s’, or de-sexualized by the general public. We are seen as non-sexual entities or hyper sexual- displaying the lack of self-control that must have created the fat body, so desperate for attention and acceptance that we will fuck anyone. There is no place for self-determination in these tropes. Satin plinths display, support and as a fabric of the body- cover. There is affirmation of a subjective sexuality in these plinths.
Moon Pools, concrete, pebbles, sand, rocks, amethyst, rose quartz, mica, chamomile tea, green tea, almond oil, water, 2016.
The pools shape will represent a phase in the moon cycle. Each pool, depending on cycle (waxing or waning) is filled with a different substance selected to invoke growth and fullness, or emptiness and depletion. This project draws parallels between the concepts of waxing and waning- gaining and losing and ties to my overall practice dealing with corporeality.
The pools are created using a modest mold making method. Similar to sand-candles, the concrete is poured into a trough dug into a base of sand and gravel. Smaller plaster casts (coated in a resist) of the shape of the pools are pressed into the drying concrete and then removed when the concrete has cured.
This series explores fat and femme identity, weight gain and weight loss, and the ability for identity to fluctuate through the investigation of material, nature, science and magic.
Mound, two-part polyurethane foam, spray foam, spray chrome application, 2016. Installed as part of Pop Up Downtown 2016 in Regina, SK.