I am a writer, poet, award-winning photographer and short documentary filmmaker. I love storytelling in many forms, but capturing life through a lens slows down the little moments we often take for granted. Over the last twenty years, I have used mixed media, primarily photography, video and audio, to explore the duality of my internal and external experiences as a woman with "invisible" disabilities who identifies as 2SLGBTQ+.
A graduate of NSCAD University, BFA, I am currently enrolled as a Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia. Combining my passion for community development with my love of art and storytelling creates endless opportunities to build creative economies and be a part of positive social change. Our stories unite us and help to heal, educate and build stronger foundations for the next generation.
My hometown, Antigonish, is nestled along the sunrise trail in Nova Scotia, Canada. Strong in Celtic culture, the street signs read in English and Gaelic. During community events, bagpipes, fiddles, step dancing, kitchen parties, and kilts representing different Scottish clans are common.
The Mi'kmaq are Indigenous to Antigonish and were European settlers' first point of contact in Canada. Antigonish is Mi'kmaq and means "Where the Baechnuts grow," but the locals know it by its nickname, "The little Vatican," due to the substantial Irish and Scottish Catholic influence.
These elements played an essential part in my upbringing, the lens through which I experienced the world and influenced the resistance I faced when challenging the status quo. As part of Generation X, I continually questioned authority. At an early age, I understood this was a privilege and something my mother and many women from the baby boomer generation were forbidden to express most of their lives. However, I refused to settle for the accepted injustices of the past and the obstacles I witnessed women, 2SLGBTQ+, African Nova Scotians, Mi'kmaq, and people with disabilities continually face. Through my artwork, I use poetry, performance, photography and video as a tool to bridge our individual experiences and analyze bias, boundaries and trust while holding space for complex journeys of unlearning, truth and reconciliation.