“The problem is not that I cannot walk. The problem is that I find myself living in a society which is premised in the most fundamental ways upon the assumption that everyone, or everyone that matters, does walk, in that quaint if rather laborious, biped sort of way. “ - Catherine Frazee
My focus for the last 12 years has been centred in arts accessibility, Deaf and disability arts and contemporary curatorial practice. During this time, my own visual arts practice was very quiet. In large part because the work I knew how to make didn’t feel relevant anymore. It didn’t speak to my own experiences of disability, and I didn’t fully know how to make work, that was premised, in the most fundamental way, on the assumption that a much broader range of audeince mattered.
The premise of audeince that my artistic practice was based on, had to shift.
In 2019 I was awarded a two-year Chalmers Art Fellowship, through the Ontario Arts Council, to radically reconsider how I make visual art, and shift the premise of who it is made for. From 2019- 2021 I will be researching, exploring, experimenting with and learning about the ways that artists, and specifically Deaf artists and artists with disabilities integrate collaborative design, accessibility and multi-sensory techniques into their artistic practice, while also creating dynamic and interesting works of art that explore lived experiences.
That's so Gay:On the Edge, June 20-24, 2014 Curated by Syrus Marcus Ware, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
The black triangle was a badge used by the Nazis to label, segregate and persecute a large and diverse group of people who they deemed as asocial. This included people whose bodies, minds, abilities, sexualities, addictions, political views or status were deemed shameful and undesirable. While many of us who would have been pinned by the same badge then, may find community and alliance now, for others stark and painful divisions exist. Many of us must still fight against sanctioned shaming, segregation and persecution. This symbol intends to mark both a taking up and a taking back of space at The Gladstone Hotel. It is a call to those who live with these labels, especially those who histrionically called The Gladstone home, and have been displaced by its gentrification.
Session 1: Artscape Youngplace, Toronto
Unlimited Edition is an ongoing interactive work that invites visitors to collaborate with me to make an unlimited edition of soft sculptures and abstract gestures. I designed this work to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. I provide a low raised platform, several large pieces of coloured wool felt. I engage each collaborator one at a time, and invite them to manipulate these materials into their own unique sculpture. Collaborators may incorporate their own bodies, their friends, myself or simply the materials presented to create the work. Each work is numbered, titled, and the names of both collaborators recorded. Once the work is complete, I document the work, and my collaborator is invited to do the same with their own device. #unlimiteded
While you were out, you were out
May 24 to June 19, 2012
Trinity Art Gallery, Salon A, Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa
Selection of work
This artist book explores the impact of war on families and in particular children. Through this simple drawing exercise, I'm attempting to re-draw the reality of war by removing weapons from these moments.