Kinetics and Panty Hamster
Women have long been described in animal terms: birds, felines, canines and bovines, among others, are often the sources of these designations, and the connotations vary widely. There are stereotypical terms of endearment, derogatory expressions, sexually explicit descriptions, and these terms tend to be specific to the cultures from which they arise. The British, for instance, draw from indigenous creatures – badgers, hedgehogs, etc – to invoke animal/female parallels, just as North Americans ascribe the attributes of their native animals to women. With their showy (and sometimes gaudy) frames, cutesy imagery, diminutive size and mechanistic repetition, these pieces accentuate the odd, ridiculous and highly humorous aspects of these cultural perceptions of women.

Castor Canadensis and Castor Ameridensis (Canadian and American Beaver)
These drawings play off of commerce between Canada and the United States and symbolize my relatively invisible identity as a white, English-speaking Canadian living in the US. The two beavers are practically indistinguishable at a glance, but on closer examination, they are as different as, say, Canadians and Americans.

Elegy to Bear
This book was inspired by the Behr brand paint color called polar bear. Given that the current rate of global warming will eliminate the polar ice caps in this century, it seemed fitting to create a blank book of signifiers to commemorate this doomed creature.

Assemblages: Spring Squash and Dust Bunny
These pieces were inspired by the names of paint colors—spring squash and dust bunny—and combine simulacra of wildlife and nature (plastic animals and faux wood) with the paint chips.

Bzzzt
Exploring theories around Colony Collapse Disorder, I chose to focus on cell phone tower signals as a potential cause for this phenomenon. A scrambled phone conversation about losing one’s way home (originating from a talking snapdragon) is woven into a disordered world of isolated bees and animals. It’s also raining cats and dogs.

Hoover Lark
Using the double meaning of lark (as a bird and a joke), Hoover Lark contains a motion sensitive bluebird in a styrofoam blizzard with a simulated Chinook.