Work Samples

Artist Statement

I use visual arts, documentary practices, curation, and writing to question the intersection of social history and phenomenological experience. I study the material world through the bifocals of personal and psychological identifications with place. In my current body of work, called Niagara Files, I create images and programming to promote reflection on citizenship in North America. The narrative centers on my claiming Canadian citizenship on the basis of my mother’s birth in British Columbia; however, the project is simultaneously a reflection on the history of migration and settlement on our continent and the extent to which all North Americans can relate to some version of a migration narrative. In past projects, I have considered my relationship to the American South, having spent my childhood in Mississippi. During periods of extensive travel abroad, I have used various visual media to reflect on the limitations of the tourist relationship in understanding site-specific histories around the world. The tension in the images speaks to the slippery hold we have on our whereabouts at any given time, and our stubborn desire to fix our experiences into a stable image – an impossible ambition.

Niagara Files: A Border Seminar
2015
Multi-media project

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Niagara Files: Canadian Thanksgiving

Niagara Files: Canadian Thanksgiving // An event that brought together guests around the Thanksgiving table to discuss questions and assumptions about Canadian customs and issues of cultural appropriation.

Niagara Files Selfie

Installation view of #NiagaraFiles: a 56 x 84 inch Archival Inkjet Print of my photograph taken at Niagara Falls in 2015. Against this backdrop, the viewer is invited to don a poncho and grab a selfie stick to enact the tourist experience of standing at the rainbow on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe falls. The cell-phone pictures can then be shared in social media platforms using the hashtag. The project is complemented by Instagram and Tumblr accounts to expand the conversation beyond the gallery.

 

 

 

The Stars & Stripes Forever in the Eternal City
2014
Video
4:50 min.
Rome, Italy
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The Stars and Stripes Forever in the Eternal City combines documentary ­style footage from two popular tourist destinations, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, with a live recording of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. The American marching band anthem was performed by an Italian ensemble on a hot June afternoon directly in front of the Pantheon. The American tendency of exuberance and patriotism seems appropriate in this ancient imperial capital. The small gesture of tossing a coin–throwing away money–provides the tourist with a moment of simultaneous control and connectivity.

 

 

SORORITY / University of Mississippi
2010-2012
Cyanotype on cotton rag paper
Series of 16 images of female students scanned from vintage Ole Miss Yearbooks in the
University of Mississippi Department of Archives and Special Collections
Oxford, Mississippi
1963 | Mississippi Marriage Proposal

1963 | Mississippi Marriage Proposal

1909 | ‘Kampus Ko-eds Ku Klux Klan’ Member

1909 | ‘Kampus Ko-eds Ku Klux Klan’ Member

 

Civil War on American Street: First Shots Fired!
2014
Multi-media exhibition / public program
with Living Historians, Documentary Videos, Installations, Contemporary Large-format Photography,
and artifacts from the Civil War
Philadelphia, PA
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Live performance by re-enactors of the 3rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, presenting the Colors and leading the Pledge of Allegiance for the exhibition visitors.

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Installation view of Civil War on American Street: First Shots Fired! with set elements built by collaborators / curators at the Icebox Project Space in North Philadelphia.

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Installation view// His & Hers Antebellum: Gendered Nostalgia in the American South// 2014 //Photographic diptych on aluminum// 24 x 56 inches

 

 

Gondolier: Venice, Italy // Oil on canvas // 24 x 36 // 2011

Gondolier: Venice, Italy // Oil on canvas // 24 x 36 // 2011

 

Washington, D.C.: 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' // Oil on photograph // 11 x 14 inches // 2014

Washington, D.C.: ‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’ // Oil on photograph // 11 x 14 inches // 2014

 

Traveler: Venice, Italy

Traveler: Venice, Italy // Oil on canvas // 24 x 36 inches // 2011

 

Reflections on the American Dream // Oil on Canvas // 20 x 30 inches // 2011

Reflections on the American Dream // Oil on Canvas // 16 x 24 inches // 2011

 

Reflections on the American Dream // Oil on Canvas // 20 x 30 inches // 2011

Reflections on the American Dream // Oil on Canvas // 20 x 30 inches // 2011

 

Manmade Landscape, North Mississippi // Oil on canvas // 30 x 40 inches // 2012

Man-made Landscape, North Mississippi // Oil on canvas // 30 x 40 inches // 2012

 

Survey of Philadelphia, PA: Washington Monument, Revisited // Digital print on brushed aluminum // 24 x 36 inches // 2013

Survey of Philadelphia, PA: Washington Monument Revisited // Digital print on brushed aluminum // 24 x 36 inches // 2013

 

Johannesburg, South Africa: Up & Coming in Soweto

Johannesburg, South Africa: Up and Coming in Soweto // 40 x 60 inches // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper //2014

Interiority: Bogota, Colombia // Digital photograph // 12 x 18 inches // 2010

 

Lost in Love: Trevi Fountain // Archival digital print // 15 x 22.5 inches // 2013

Lost in Love: Trevi Fountain // Archival digital print // 15 x 22.5 inches // 2013

 

Oxford, Mississippi: Domestic Profiling // Gelatin Silver Print; in-camera double exposure // 8 x 8 inches // 2011

Oxford, Mississippi: Domestic Profiling // Gelatin Silver Print; in-camera double exposure // 8 x 8 inches // 2011

 

Oxford, Mississippi: Domestic Profiling // Gelatin Silver Print; in-camera double exposure // 8 x 8 inches // 2011

Oxford, Mississippi: Domestic Profiling // Gelatin Silver Print; in-camera double exposure // 8 x 8 inches // 2011

 

Winter In Soweto // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper // 15 x 22.5 inches // 2013

Winter In Soweto // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper // 15 x 22.5 inches // 2013

 

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Berlin, Germany // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper // 60 x 90 inches // 2014

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Berlin, Germany // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper // 60 x 90 inches // 2014

 

For the Glory: Lafayette County, Mississippi // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper // 40 x 60 inches // 2014

For the Glory: Lafayette County, Mississippi // Archival digital print on cotton rag paper // 40 x 60 inches // 2014

Study Abroad: the Lyceum in Venice // Van Dyke Brown photographic print on cotton rag paper // 2011

Study Abroad: the Lyceum in Venice // Van Dyke Brown photographic print on cotton rag paper // 2011

Psychoscape // Montage of large format film and digital photography // 40 x 60 inches // 2009

 

Movin' on Up I // lithograph on Arches // 22 x 30 inches // 2012

Movin’ on Up I // lithograph on Arches // 22 x 30 inches // 2012

 

La Guerra Fa I Morti: Rome, Italy // Gelatin Silver Print on fiber paper // 16 x 20 inches // 2003-2012

La Guerra Fa I Morti: Rome, Italy // Gelatin Silver Print on fiber paper // 16 x 20 inches // 2003-2012

 

Che at the Vatican: Rome, Italy // Gelatin Silver Print on fiber paper // 16 x 20 inches // 2003-2012

Che at the Vatican: Rome, Italy // Gelatin Silver Print on fiber paper // 16 x 20 inches // 2003-2012