Country of origin: Montreal, Canada (currently reside in Brooklyn, NY)
In which Residency Program did you participate?
City as Site: Public Art as Social Intervention, 2015
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
Having taken my time studying urban planning and community development, launching a project-based organization called PlayHarvest, then getting a “real job” in real estate, I came across SVA City as Site at a pivotal time. It was a time when I recognized that I needed to move my interest in the arts and play in transforming public spaces to beyond just a hobby. City As Site was the ideal launchpad to move that passion from paper (idea in my head) to practice.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
Really? All of it.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
It helped formulate ideas, inspire and ultimately bring clarity to the kind creative practice I wanted to launch.
What's going on in your studio now?
Besides a lot of play? I am currently working on a proposal to creatively engage a community in the planning, programming and protection of a valued neighborhood park.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
I am speaking specifically to those who do not consider themselves “artists”, but have a creative, artistic calling. If you are looking to dig deeper and take a good look at what it means to be an artist in the public realm-then consider City as Site as the experimental studio space you need to learn, research, prototype and take the next step.