The more I try to write about myself the more evasive I become, I don’t enjoy talking about myself or expressing my own intimate thoughts; especially verbally or to whoever dare read my words. In fact, I dislike it so much that I’ve gone most of my life avoiding situations where I must use language to describe my thoughts. But lately my approach to work has become a reflection of my own emotional state while processing my experiences and conceptions of time, space, memory, and sensation. My practice encompasses a variety of different media used in intermittent periods. Some of my favourite practices involve painting, printmaking, collage, and installation; for my current thesis work I chose to focus on photography and installation, intertwining the two into collaged and layered compositions. My discontented nature leads to impulsive experimentation and constant deviation of my intended course and continual improvisation along the way. The majority of my drive and influence comes from the seemingly mundane world around me and the small details of my everyday experience; simply seeing an object, hearing a phrase or sound, or feeling the flair of an emotion in a stranger constantly initiates small thoughts in my mind that propagate, stringing and collaging together into some perception of my inner reality. Being an Anishinaabe student while attending a university whose site is a former residential school, for whom my ancestor is its namesake, has been one of the realities I am trying to understand, yet I find it the most difficult to traverse. Being a person who would rather think about an emotion than feel it has created some tumultuous internal experiences The process of unveiling  hidden emotional layers has manifested in my work as layers; layers of paint, layers of photographs, and layers of light and shadow. The unveiling and concealing of the layers act as a physical manifestation of my emotional processing. The grounds of the school evoke an overwhelming surge of agitation, sorrow, and faint hope tied to my intergenerational trauma. My intention is to explore these themes  within my practice and within myself.
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