With Field Trip, I documented various outdoor music festivals, altering the images with Photoshop, glitter and paint. The interventions create visionary realms, echoing festival culture’s fringe aesthetics and its attendant psychological states. Informed by music, dance, and a connection to nature, the festivals act as temporary communities, loosening social norms and offering gathering places for modern day Dionysian celebrations.
Hospital Hallway is a further iteration of House on Fire. Here, I tried to imagine what it must be like placing your complete trust in an institution whose hidden objective is to break your body, mind and spirit.Hospital Hallway exists in two parts, consisting of a video installation as well as a live, approximately 30 minute-long performance. In the performance, viewers watch from a raised catwalk as I play the part of my grandmother, trapped in a hospital hallway with no doors. The video, in which I enact various moments from the live performance, plays on thirteen flat screen TV’s within the hallway. Viewers are free to circulate within the claustrophobic hallway, confronted by a looped video of my performance at every turn.
Commissioned in 2012 by the Winnipeg Art Gallery for its centennial exhibition, Fireworks is an extension of the work I completed for Arctic Wonderland. Its central element is a massive illuminated fireworks sculpture, suspended from the ceiling. Adorned with vivid, blinking lights, the piece hovers above the sculpture’s other component, a model schooner topped with fleshy silicon mounds.