I was born in Red Lake, a small town in Northern Ontario. When I was young I remember my grandmother’s house being full of prints by the Woodlands artists of the Triple-K Cooperative, a local silk screen collective that operated during the 70s, although I wouldn’t understand their significance until later.
After its inception I lived within and was a part of the Arcadia Project, a “social sculpture” operated by Matt Ceolin and situated in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. This period of time was profound for my own artistic development and for the community at large. After the Arcadia Project closed in September of 2009, there has been an outgrowth of creative projects frantically attempting to compensate.
In Febuary of 2010, I acquired property to aid my level of production. It is now referred to as The Medicine Factory studio which continues to operate independent of my influence. Groups of individuals like the Triple K Cooperative now standout to me as benchmark for self-determination in the North.
I returned to Red Lake compelled to study my heritage. During this year I co-facilitated the Red Lake Youth Arts Collective, and worked alongside Kaaren Danneman on the Let’s Save Big Falls campaign, which is an effort to resist the building of a hydroelectric dam on Trout Lake and its waterways.
I now reside in Toronto, where I am the Program Coordinator for the Arts Network for Children & Youth.
431 Clinton Str. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M6G 2Z1
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