︎︎︎ graphic design & illustration & book covers & art 
1. Public Art
2. Surface Design
3. XL Work
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Midnigh Dispatch Public Art Piece

LEWIS FARMS FIRE HALL • Edmonton. Canada

Dipping an entire building in pattern is an opportunity worth taking on - just sayin’. Commission by the Edmonton Arts Council to design a pattern for the exterior concrete cladding of the Lewis Farms Fire Hall. There is a nice writeup about the piece on their blog.

Much of my inspiration for the final piece was thinking about the Northern Lights and starry skies on a crisp, clear Alberta night. Maybe you’re standing in your backyard and you’re just in awe of what you see above you - you’ve forgotten about the chill for a moment. And it’s a very common experience that many take for granted - not many people in Canada, let alone the world, live at the latitude to see Northern Lights regularly. I think as Albertans we live for those moments.

Aesthetic considerations aside, the design had to have manufacturing considerations tightly in mind as it needed to translate into a casting mold, and be stamped into the concrete panels forming the exterior cladding of a large portion of Lewis Farms Fire Hall building.

Working in-depth with the architectural design team on the building project, I created this design through a collaborative process that included concept presentations to the architecture team and further refinements from those conversations. Being a designer-artist hybrid made this back and forth process very comfortable.

1. Mural
2. Public Art
3. Visual Art
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Client: Edmonton Arts Council / City of Edmonton

Installed October 2019
Neon Sky Public Art Mural

14 metres x 12.5 metres

This mural is based on my personal drawing project, Neon Prairie, and expanded to fit a 40-foot tall wall above an interior swimming pool. Commissioned by the Edmonton Arts Council for the Jasper Place Leisure Centre in Edmonton, AB. 

➝ At some point I wanted my drawings to go big or go home. As they say: careful what you wish for, as a 14-metre wide, 12-metre high mural commission may appear. It will take three years to happen. You will mix gallons of custom paint colours by hand from base colours. Your colleague Jennifer Konanz will sweat it out with you high up on the scaffolding above a drained pool for an entire month getting it done. It will be a wild time, I promise.

My drawings are based in nature, and The Neon Sky is a brightly patterned modern drawing of a prairie skyscape. I am inspired by the daily interactions with nature Edmontonians are afforded, but I also know too well how we are often are forced inside due to our winter weather. In treating the pool as a year-round “lake” and recreation area, the thing we are missing to feel like we are outdoors is the sky. I imagine swimmers emerging from the water and having a moment where they are transported to the expansive outdoors, to the sunsets and big skies of summer by looking at this piece.

A swimmer myself, I also think of the effervescence of being under water, of the feeling of floating by, stroke by stroke - there is an airiness to the mural. The joy of abstract shapes is that any viewer can see anything in them, and hopefully the shapes reflect back something of themselves.

Process videos are saved in my instagram stories, and here you will find a selection of documentation.

Thank you to the Edmonton Arts Council for the commission, and to the City of Edmonton.

1. Visual Art
2. Drawing
3. Landscape
➝ Art Practice

Selected Drawings

Made in the landscape where I live and while in the pattern and rythm of nature, these instinctual, meditative drawings are the basis for an Edmonton Arts Council public art commission for a 14-metre wide interior mural above the pool deck at the Jasper Place Leisure Centre in Edmonton, Canada.

Noteably my drawing practice has taken me on an art residency to Arteles Centre in Finland as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts. I was pleased to also lend a drawing to Glass Salt’s tape casette album greetings

All drawings are made with ink, marker and acrylic paint on archival bleedproof paper.

1. Ceramics
2. Are
3. Fun
➝ Art Practice

Sundays are for ceramics

The joys (and pains) of ceramics are endless. I love making them, so much so that I have a kiln in my basement. My runaway ceramics practice is made mostly on Sundays. The ceramic pieces are often integrated with climbing rope, with which I’m completely obsessed with and have a serious collection of in my studio. I love the mishima technique as it allows me to introduce drawing to clay. I am still learning to make glazes, and I’m getting used to praying to the kiln gods. Wheel throwing continues to humble me. Lustres are neat. Apparently you can pigment clay? Ceramicists know: this will all take a lifetime to figure out.

*Some pieces pictured here were made at the Banff Centre in 2018 as part of a visual art residency, where I discovered ceramics purely by accident.

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