This weekend, I would have attended Creating Space 10 in Vancouver, a conference dedicated to the medical humanities. It was, of course, cancelled because of the global pandemic. I was looking forward to presenting my talk titled “Navigating Chronic Illness in Everyday Life”. Instead, I’m posting my abstract below to mark the missed occasion.
I am a printmaker who uses my experiences with chronic illness as a catalyst for exploring issues relating to sickness and identity in my artwork. My body is the site of a sort of slow disaster, an evolving and unnerving landscape of misbehaving systems. It is necessary, of course, that I enter medical centers for exams, treatment, and tests to decipher those systems. But when I leave those territories, my body still requires treatment and can transform everyday spaces into medical spaces. I am interested in exploring these transitional sites in my prints, as well as the places where these identities overlap. These moments of suspended time form a significant part of the experience of illness.
The liminal state of waiting is strongly connected to these transitions between everyday and medical spaces. This state of not-knowing can be stressful and strange, where worst-case scenarios are explored and weighed against the possibility that it might be nothing. Time becomes odd, it can speed up or drag on, and the internal dialogue can make you feel as though you exist in a different plane or a suspended reality. In my prints, bodies drift and disappear into their surroundings, slip between both sides of the paper, collapse and expand, physically enacting the mental state of waiting.
I’m pleased to have a print in the 7th International Juried Art Exhibition at Remarque Printshop in Albuquerque. The exhibition is up through December but if you can’t make it down, the works are up on the website at the link.
The 37th Bradley Print and Drawing International opened this past week. This exhibition of prints and drawings is spread across 7 different venues in Peoria, Illinois. My print can be found at the Peoria Art Guild until April 12th. The shipping was a true ordeal for this one – my print was shipped to the wrong gallery in a different state and the shipping company couldn’t sort out where it was (even though I gave them the exact address…). I ended up having to pay a different company to pick it up. But it’s there!
I’m currently in Toronto attending the Sick Theories conference where I’ll be presenting on the artist panel tonight at 6pm. If you are in Toronto and are interested in the talk, registration is free, please visit the website for the conference.
I have work in the Southern Printmaking Biennale VIII at the University of North Georgia this month.
The same print has also made its way to Hawaii for the 2018 Pacific States Biennial North American Print Biennial in Hilo. My print will be on display at the East Hawaii Cultural Centre through November (and then the UH Hilo Library until the end of the year).
Print(ed) Matter is currently on view at Gallery 2 in Grand Forks, BC. This is a collaborative book project between Calgary printmakers and writers that was previously exhibited at Loft 112 in Calgary. An image of my book displayed in Calgary is below.
I will be participating in the Canadian Digital selection for the Novosibirsk Triennial (Russia), curated by Derek Besant. I’ve created two new digital prints for this project which will be exhibited in September. I’m curating the Canadian print (traditional) selection for the biennial as well. Stay tuned for info about the artists and project!
Touch Becoming Strange II (digital print, 24″ x 22″)