Stories that I cared about were bubbling up into my visual artworks. I joined a refugee sponsorship group and the family we connected with made their way into my ceramics.
I had long felt that art in every form could tell not only my story, but the stories that were going unheard. Music had been my platform, but could art reach further?
Could art be a message, a challenge, a provocation?
As I entered my masters program, suddenly I could dive deeper into this connection between the medium and the message.
Stories were everywhere, and my heart was drawn to the U.S./Mexico border where families were (and are) being separated as they entered the United States. I felt the need to respond. Interactive art had been taking a hold of my mind and I wanted to create something that could be changed by the viewer, even as the the viewer was changed by it.
At the end of all of this, I found I wanted to press further, to push the envelope of interactive installations and challenge the public's sense of justice.
I created inVisible with this in mind, looking at stories of racism in Canada that were going unheard by the majority of Canadians.