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My artwork involves exploring the rural imagery of landscapes and domestic life through textiles and illustration. I have always held farmers and their rural lifestyle in high regard; my artwork reflects this and also explores the foundation of this sentiment. Dyeing, weaving, silk-screen printing, rug hooking, drawing and stitching are amongst the mediums that I work with.
When I was a Masters student in the UK I was exposed to the idea of using textiles as an art medium, rather than using it to create functional work. I continue to work in this manner, using textiles to create work in a way that is similar to painting or drawing.
One body of work that I have created, Documenting the Farm, captures the memory of my family’s farm and speaks to the challenges of maintaining rural connections in Atlantic Canada. It is a reality that many small farms in the Maritimes have been sold for uses outside of the agricultural industry. I use rug hooking to explore both the personal and collective relationships Atlantic Canadians have with this challenge. The visual narrative in my work is intended to pay tribute to farm life and speak to the changing relationship with rural culture in the Atlantic Provinces.