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ReptileChoir

NOTE: This post is adapted from a paper that I submitted towards the completion my Master of Arts degree in August of 2016. On May 13th 2016, I presented ReptileChoir, a youth-oriented interactive art exhibition, during Hamilton’s monthly Art Crawl at...

NOTE: This post is adapted fro...

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Rock Bands (Spoken Word)

As part of my Rock Bands exhibit at HAVN in November 2016, I created a spoken word piece with the same title. I found myself fascinated by the layers of language in the term "Rock Bands". It might as easily indicate a ribbon...

As part of my Rock Bands exhib...

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entanglements

Entanglements is a short film about stray plastic (caution tape, shopping bags, packing materials, etc.) as it becomes enmeshed in the branches of trees and as it wafts along the edges of buildings. The film employs a self-conscious dialogue, in which...

Entanglements is a short film...

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Rock Bands

I'm happy to invite you to Rock Bands, an exhibit featuring a new series of wide format images. Opening: Friday, November 11th, 7pm - 11pm HAVN (Hamilton Audio/Visual Node) 26 Barton St. East Hamilton ON. www.havnode.com Closing Event and Performance: Saturday, November 26th, 7pm - 9pm With...

I'm happy to invite you to Roc...

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A Compendium of Books

The written word makes it possible to understand more deeply who you are and where you fit in the world. There are, of course, other means. We can also learn about ourselves and each other by telling stories around a...

The written word makes it poss...

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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...

This post is dedicated to my M...

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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...

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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...

I'm grateful, this July, to ha...

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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 face is, in and of itself,...

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