Country of origin: Canada
In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
From the Laboratory to the Studio: Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art, 2013
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
Although I had never before considered myself a “Bio Artist”, bio art engaged with the themes I was exploring in my work. My work explores themes of biological surrealism, and attempts to blur the line between the languages of science and art. I started this program the day after I graduated from the MFA program at Parsons, and it pushed me to delve even deeper into my practice.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The best part of my experience at SVA was the strong sense of community. I was able to work with people from all over the world who shared my interest in the intersection of art and science. At the same time, every person approached it differently. It was incredible to be a part of such a diverse and tight-knit community.
How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
This residency changed how I approach art: it truly broadened my horizons. I had always used synthetic materials to emulate biological forms, but this program allowed me to experiment with natural materials to achieve the same effect. For instance, some of my sculptural work uses mixed media, paint and glitter to create human-like figures. During this residency, I grew actual crystals on animal bones. Not only did this process lead to the creation of sculptures, it also resulted in photographs of the crystals growing at the microscopic level. This residency allowed me to experiment with methods that are usually considered to be more scientific than artistic.
What's going on in your studio now?
Right now, I am working on two bodies of work. I work on my traditional artistic practice which consists of paintings and collages, alongside my bio art sculptures which combine biological and synthetic materials.
Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
This residency is an incredible way to deepen your artistic practice. It is a truly interdisciplinary program that unites a community of people from all over the world who approach art in very different ways (arts professionals, students, professors and scientists).