Vivian

On a recent trip back home to see my family, I felt inspired to shoot some video with my mom. We were casually talking about creativity and what we find inspiring as artists and I said “today is inspiring, right now is inspiring”. We decided to go out for a walk, to look and listen to our immediate surroundings. My mom wanted to contemplate her surroundings in this moment, and I wanted to play with my steadicam. So this little snippet came to life.

Reflecting Winnipeg

My video work is always a reflection of my experience and where I have come from. My regional experience is both rural and urban and these spaces continue to fill my creative well. Images are overlayed and reflect on each other how beautiful, unfamiliar and overwhelming this experience can be.

Screenshots from a work in progress.

Downtown Winnipeg
Overlayed streets

Studio/2022

My studio is located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, in the historic Exchange District. The area is a hub for restaurants, galleries and all things arts related. Some nights the area is full with the hustle and sounds of people moving through the streets and sidewalks. Other nights it is a ghost town. No matter what the mood, I love being perched up on the 4th floor of my building listening, seeing and absorbing all the eclectic energy. It engages my creativity, being in this neighbourhood and I look forward to spending 2022 here in my studio.

Studio Views

Abstract and Colours

Two pieces I finished the other night. After a long (tiring) day, I settled in at my studio and without any intent, began painting. I did not know what colours I wanted to work with, or how my flow was going to go. Started with a base colour of Thalo Green and I just started painting.

Sometimes that’s what we need to do. No intention, just the room to let creativity work itself onto the canvas.

I’m very happy with how these two pieces turned out, and it’s was the best and most relaxing way to finish up my day.

Prussian blue, Unbleached white, Titanium white
Thalo green, Cadmium orange, Medium yellow, Thalo blue, Titanium white

Studio

Finally giving my studio a much needed refresh. New writing desk, new work table and chairs are making things so much more inviting. The space is feeling really good so I wanted to share a pic as I switch things up. As I get everything in its place, I’ll post up more pics.

This place is where all my creativity comes together and I’m so happy to share this with everyone.

New work table and vintage chair

Drifting

Memories always drifting through my mind.

I love how film and video work is my main outlet for creative expression. Whether straightforward documentary-style or video collage, the medium has always been a great source of satisfaction as an artist.

Originally shot as vacation video, I’m reworking the footage to create a short that captures the fading and degrading memories we hold close. Places and people that were sharp and clear, are now blended and lost in a dull hum that spreads through the back of my mind.

The Bicycle

Downtown Winnipeg on an overcast spring day, watching a friend bike home through streets of the Exchange District. The city felt alive and I was thankful I could catch this little moment from the fire escape of my studio building.

Rural

Already into April and we are in the middle of a spring snow fall. Sidewalks and streets are now covered in a blanket of white, the chill of winter has settled back in.

I’ve been working with some footage, inverting and layering images from my last shoot in my hometown. It reminds me of all the love I have for that space, but on another level represents my complicated relationship with my rural upbringing. Hometown images that are familiar against the flat white background of winter, are now inverted and layered together to create a landscape that feels detached and disorientating.

Kami

It’s a great thing to collaborate and find a creative flow with another artist, and that’s exactly what happened when I worked with Kami Goertz. I spent the afternoon with her and found a window into her unique approach to textile art and recorded her creative process. So thankful when something like this clicks. Her creations are unique and all kinds of adorable. We had fun, we made art together and now we have a short little doc from this creative afternoon (and it’s below for you to see)