Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, the skilled trades were a part of my lived experience for as long as I can remember. A large part of the workforce in my hometown was employed in the automotive industries. As a backdrop for my upbringing, the labour force and workers unions became an intrinsic focus within my art practice.
In a world where nearly all objects are manufactured on a mass scale with little to no handmade elements, I seek to find the importance and value that exist in what can be made by hand. Through practical research and sculptural experimentation, it became apparent that my artwork walks the line between antiquated handmade fabrication, and mass manufacture.
I’m interested in manipulating materials ranging from needlepoint thread to bronze casting in an effort to understand the role of the human hand in all making processes. Because of this desire, my work also explores more domestic forms of making and the roles played within the nuclear household. I see the domestic realm and the industrial world as polarizing environments, yet one does not exist without the other. This dichotomy of public vs. private space is explored through the fabrication of household objects or experiences with industrial materials.