This body of work has grown parallel to my slow change in consciousness to our connection and our impact on our environment. Upon buying our first home, and making the transition from city dweller to rural town, I was suddenly very conscious of this idea of land “ownership” and if the concept is actually possible. At the same time my place in the community shifted. What are our responsibilities as stewards of the land and members in community?
We “own” 0.29 acres in a small town of 220 people in rural Manitoba. As we walked the yard creating pathways and nurturing the neglected growth we talked about the things we could do to grow our own food, connect with nature again, live more simply on the land and to do that within our community as well.
As I found my artistic practice and my lifestyle shifting, my work first began as an observation of the environment around me. I took time to look closely: copying, as a way of visually understanding; incorporating, as a way to texturally explore; mimicking, as a ritual of respect. The boundaries between different aspects of my lifestyle blur into each other: art practice, homesteading, gardening, community life, activism, and relationships. All aspects inform and inspire the others and lessen our impact on the land we call home.