I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1987. I completed my BFA at the University of Manitoba in 2009. I’ve received several awards, grants, and scholarships. I’ve participated in residencies including the Vermont Studio Center and an internship at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. My work is permanently installed in the collections of the Canada House in London, the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., and the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy.
I make human hybrids that combine the external with the internal, reality with fiction, and abstraction with figuration. I approach figurative sculpture like meeting another person. There is a built-in distance there that I always need to bridge, like turning a stranger into a friend. I work towards this transformation using my knowledge of gesture and facial expressions, but this is just part of a person’s presence. To me, an individual has density, a pull, that I think comes from the high concentrations of mental and physical activity packed into our bodies. I’m always searching for ways to express this in my work. When I’m successful, my figures can provoke visceral, empathetic responses.