Art for Impact - HOUSE AWAKE

The Tent (Installation Project for House Awake - Chapel Arts, December 9th 2010):
Most of my work has been developed from my relationship with the textile medium, the garment and its metaphoric power. Textiles have the potential to communicate and build complex layers of social meaning, addressing the “body politic” as it appears in subjects such as culture and identity. The Tent is an exploration through the garment and the possible social connotations of clothing as a collective unit, as a “social fabric” that also questions the material culture of contemporary society. Positioned close to the body, clothing also occupies architectural and political space. This piece has been generated from the different perceptions of the public and the private spaces we inhabit (including our garments), looking to transform our experience of architecture and our notions of home, homelessness and hope. I built a shelter out of pieces of used clothing that had meaning and functionality in relationship with the bodies that wore them once. Thanks to all the people who participated in this project donating their own clothing.

C'undua Project: Public Art Project developed with the community from Usaquen, Colombia.

Public Art Project developed in collaboration with Rolf Abderhalden and the community from Usaquen, Colombia. It was developed from the experiences and narrative stories (sound, video, photography, book making, etc) that resulted from the different encounters with the groups of youth, adults and seniors from the community that populated and settled down in the quarries.
Multidisciplinary research and community based public art installation. United Nations Development Program in partnership with the City of Bogota Mayor’s Office. Bogota, Colombia. 2001

Trust and Confidence - Creative Laboratory Class, 2009.

The participants of these workshop needed to work on their trust and confidence levels using their personal perceptions of altered space. This workshop was part of the Creative Laboratory curriculum developed for JH Design Academy. Vancouver BC, 2008.

Jump on Board: Trust and Confirdence Excercise

Natural Construction Workshop - Mud Girls, Salt Spring Island 2010

Wattle and Daub Golden Ratio Hut on Saltspring Island
July 19th-23rd, 2010

This was a 5 day work-party where we had hands on experience with locally grown willow. We weaved together and created beautiful curved exterior walls of a small 1 story structure. During the workshop we learned more about the basic theories of Natural Building, from foundations to roof. We utilized natural and salvaged materials, sourced locally. Along with the weaving, these willow walls where covered with a smooth, creamy earthen plaster, which we all mixed and applied together.
I created an art piece on one of the exterior walls. It was a spiral that started as an accident or "bump" of the wall and turned out into a shell inspired in the "golden mean" (as the building was too). We had a great time together!

Mud Girls - July 2010 - Salt Spring Island