utopia means no place
ou ‘not’ + topos ‘place’
Solitude is defined in relation to communion that is absent. There is no one without the other. I enjoy trying to represent a visual space between this opposition: a togetherness and separation that doesn’t know how but feels optimistic.
Utopias is an ongoing body of material work and conceptual research that includes photographs, paintings, drawings and objects organized into sequential long-term projects. I began this research in 2016, travelling across Canada to the home sites of my immediate yet isolated family members. Two foundational series are finished, Alone Together (2018) and New Work (2018).
They continue to function as anchors for each new instalment and research stage of this work.