A privileged, first-world upbringing isolated from hardship and poverty was the catalyst for my examination of the world view offered to me by the mainstream media. Removed from most violent conflicts and suffering, the experience by Canadians of tragic international events is, for the majority, witnessed solely through rigorously filtered news sources on television and the internet.
My printmaking practice draws images from photojournalism that are both aesthetically beautiful and inherently emotive, to examine current events and also to question the authority of the narrative being presented through media bias.
My prints reference propaganda posters and other images of indoctrination as a comparison of blatant nationalist brainwashing and what we see every day on television. This style appropriation sometimes takes a satirical turn in my work, and draws upon political cartoons for inspiration. In ironic parallel with the mass media, printmaking enables me to directly explore how my images evolve contextually while undergoing mass reproduction and dissemination.
I work in a variety of printmaking mediums, selecting methods that suit desired textural effects or photographic processes. A balance between drawn, exaggerated figures and true photographic documentation allows me to explore a broad range of issues from social justice and revolution, to class disparity and media sensationalism.
Printmaker, Recent BFA Graduate
Studio Director at Alberta Printmakers
07/2015 - Grafisch Atelier Alkmaar Druk Makken 2015 - Grote Sint Laurens Kerk - Alkmaar, Netherlands
04/2015 - Intaglio: Juried by Ruth Lingen - Museum Blue, Robert Blackburn 20/20 - St. Louis and New York
01/2015 - Delta National Small Prints Exhibition - Bradbury Gallery, Arkansas State University - Jonesboro, AR
01/2015 - Student International Print Show - El Minia University, Egypt - El Minia