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
The Stars & Stripes Forever in the Eternal City
SORORITY / University of Mississippi
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
Civil War on American Street: First Shots Fired!
Multi-media exhibition / public program
with Living Historians, Documentary Videos, Installations, Contemporary Large-format Photography,
and artifacts from the Civil War