So much of your creative work is organic, symbolic, iconic, feminine, psychedelic— where do these inspirations come from?
I grew up watching Sailor Moon as a kid which became a huge influence on me at a young age. I would spend hours and hours drawing Sailor Moon and other anime characters I liked at the time. From there, I developed a deep love over the years for female characteristics/iconography, fantasy-like swirls and bright colours. As an adult, I find the same inspiration through psychedelics- these experiences have created a new found sense of freedom and connectivity through flowing shapes and organic linework. Every layer, every shape, every stroke of colour forms one entity onto the canvas. I enjoy having a center focal point in my pieces as I find it almost hypnotic how a symbol or icon can draw you in.
You are known to work very quickly, why?
To be honest it could stem from my fashion school days when there were a million projects on the go and you had no other choice but to learn how to work quickly! Painting with spray-paint had an impact too; to get clean lines you need to have quick control with your brush strokes – almost like calligraphy but large scale on a wall. And I’ve done many live painting gigs where you have a set time limit to create a piece during the event. I would say all of these play a factor.
Tell us about how you arrived at Space—shopping for nutrients?
The first time I ever stumbled upon Space and met Patrick was very shortly after arriving to Vancouver from Toronto. I had been in town for about a few days when I decided to get groceries and take a different route than normal. As I’m walking down Clark Drive I noticed the studio and how it had all these really interesting things inside, mostly wood. Pat greeted me with the best energy and answered all the curious questions I had about Space and then I just coming back always. Having moved into a new city knowing absolutely no one and stumbling into this little Vancouver art community like that was total serendipity.
You seem to be a real renaissance woman… painting, prints, murals, tattoos, wood… what’s next?
I think I’d really like to expand and pursue a different form of art such as dance. I absolutely love visual arts but feel as though I’m ready to learn something totally different and have another way of expressing myself physically. Another medium of flowing. I’ve had my eye on a pair of dance fan veils for some time now and I think I would absolutely enjoy it. Currently saving up for a pair!
I hear you are planning to move to Berlin soon…
Yes! Berlin has been calling me for some time now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about their art scene and I think there’s a lot of opportunity waiting there for creative minds. I would also really like to pursue the tattooing dream and find an apprenticeship in Toronto during my time back east. From there if I can start working in a shop legitimately, I could potentially work in shops all over the world, starting with Berlin. That’s my goal.
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