Artist Statement

Through multiple artistic disciplines, from performance, to poetry to printing to sculpture I push myself to break assumptions and arbitrary boundaries to discover how to tell the stories of what it means (to me) to be a woman, a person of colour, a lesbian, a mother, a partner, a community member and find ways to craft those stories so they connect to the larger stories we know and use to understand the world. The aim of my work is to develop a more keen knowing about our selves and each other and the world we live in.
My primary artist areas of focus are:
• Oral storytelling
• Performance poetry
• Page poetry
• Concrete poetry
• Sculpture
• Printing
• Radio making
For a queer woman of colour, raising your voice is a political act. Raising your voice to share stories and poetry of sexism, racism, homophobia, of being strong, being powerful, being vulnerable, being political, is political, and it is poetic, and it is beautiful and scary and it is life changing. Sharing stories on a stage creates a process of people finding themselves in my poetry and stories because my stories are about the human condition. The more specific my stories the more they are about love, pain, strength, vulnerability. The more specific my stories are, the more they resonate with others.

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