Artist Statement

I have been exploring the relationship between birds and urban spaces for the last few years. During my Master of Fine Arts degree at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, my thesis research project was titled 'Fenestration', and explored bird-building collisions through painting, photography and collage. I was researching the visual perception of birds, and using collage as a metaphor for the fragmented and disoriented vision that birds may experience in urban spaces.

The city of Toronto is located on a flight path used by millions of migratory birds. It is estimated that 1- 10 million of these birds are killed annually in Toronto due to collisions with tall buildings. Although bird-building collisions account for the most bird deaths every year aside from habitat loss, this knowledge is not widespread or collectively seen as a need for concern. These collisions require our attention, and interdisciplinary art may be an effective tool to encourage people to better understand them.

Before completing my MFA, I was exploring the issue of ‘Displacement’ in my work, and the birds and wildlife that ‘should’ exist in urban spaces, and yet are rarely seen due to the influx of people and the disruption of their habitat. The birds in the series of ‘Displacement’ paintings I created appear as stickers, an afterthought nobody noticed was missing until it was too late. They are added into the scene, but clearly they no longer belong there.

I am a painter, and mainly work with acrylic, watercolour and oil paints. I also integrate photography and drawing, and experiment with the depiction of space and the illusion of three-dimensionality in my work.

Currently, my work is exploring the relationship between the urban space we inhabit, and the birds and other wildlife we share it with.