• A Strange Bird

    A Strange Bird

    This post is dedicated to my Mother, Coby Sikkema. Thanks mom! My parents recently returned from a trip to Europe. Dad brought back photos of cathedrals and monuments, along with stories of his Reformation heroes. Mom brought back pictures of alpine wildflowers, and souvenirs of her childhood home near Dalfsen. Mom’s parents (my grandparents) recently…


  • PeaceWeave


    PeaceWeave is a collaboration with art students from McMaster’s ART 2PG3: Contemporary Approaches to Painting. It was installed in July 2016 outside the President’s Office in Gilmour Hall at McMaster University. The most delightful thing about these aluminum prints is that they are a collective effort. By working together, we more meaningfully reflect what Mahatma Gandhi (whose…


  • Salon Jacques 17

    Salon Jacques 17

    On Sunday, July 17, 2016, I presented my work at Salon Jacques, an artist gathering hosted by Fleur Ange Lamothe and Dean Gugler at their farm property in Brantford. It was the 17th in a series of Salons, in the memory of Jacques, Fleur Ange’s late relative, whose name also forms an acronym: “Just Ask…


  • Blogging at BARC

    Blogging at BARC

    I’m grateful, this July, to have been offered a guest-writer opportunity on the Bay Area Restoration Council blog. I was introduced to BARC by Steve Watts, who I met at Factory Media Centre back in May. The singing turtles of that moment warrant their own post (about which more will follow). But for the moment,…


  • Sedimentary: Performing at LIVELab

    Sedimentary: Performing at LIVELab

    NOTE: This post is adapted from a paper that I submitted towards the completion my Master of Arts degree in August of 2016. Sedimentary is a live-coding performance which I debuted at McMaster’s LIVELab alongside the Cybernetic Orchestra during the April 7th 2016 edition of the LIVELab’s Series 10dB. I also performed it at the…


  • Port Rates: Encountering the Face

    Port Rates: Encountering the Face

    The face is, in and of itself, visitation and transcendence. —Emmanuel Levinas For whom do the ethics of encounter count? If I take your picture, do you give it? When I face you, do I efface you? Do you design interfaces? What do I “take” in the moment of exposure? Whom do I “capture”? What…


  • Self ease

    Self ease

    Haters heap scorn on the selfie, lamenting this ubiquitous start-up genre as quintessentially narcissistic. But where’s the fun in that? You have an immense capacity to love yourself. To be properly selfless, you have to be a little selfish. Shooting oneself, in any event is not entirely about turning inward. You have to create distance.…


  • Street Views

    Street Views

    This photo series constitutes my response to a prompt from Robert Hamilton to create a series of 10 still photographs that examines “the neighbourhood where you live”. The work involves a loose interpretation of street photography, which I have here taken both literally and figuratively, imagining “the street” not merely as the trajectory I traverse…


  • tactic tactic

    tactic tactic

    In January 2016, I organized “tactic tactic” a group exhibition together with Dr. David Harris Smith, and my colleagues in the Communications and New Media MA program: K. Jennifer Bedford, Débora Jesus, Phuong Hoang, Chris Towler, Tanya Goncalves, Christina Pellegrini, Alex Pennington-Little, and Robyn Wilson. We were hosted by Bryce Kanbara at the you me…