My practice involves various forms, including performance, video, photography, ephemera and texts. Using devices such as voice-over narration, ritual gestures, camera movement, and descriptive text, my projects interact with contentious sites, often through the perspective of a misplaced or unreliable narrator. I am interested in challenging what might constitute a performance and how it is recorded or circulated. For example, I have staged events involving choreographed etiquette drills in a public library, hired paparazzi photographing inanimate objects, a flag-raising on a demilitarized island, the filming of a horror movie with no actors, and conducting an auction that sells itself. I work in collaboration with a range of creative professionals, using a style of direction that I call structured improvisation, which allows others to articulate their unique skills within the conceptual parameters of a piece.
I received a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts. I have recently exhibited my work at CSA Space in Vancouver, The New Media Gallery in New Westminster, Alice Yard in Port-of-Spain, and the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival. I have worked for Stanford University, CCA, The Wattis Institute, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Langara College. In 2015, I was a Visiting Tutor and Artist-in-Residence at Quest University, and I teach regularly at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. I am also the editor of Decoy Magazine, a Vancouver-based online platform for critical arts writing.