For someone primarily focused on photography, I find space to be an ever-present force, which constantly affects my body of work. Working within a frame, I am interested in attempting to create ambiguous layered spaces, which push beyond the border and allude to what the eye doesn’t see.
Spending the better part of my life in Manitoba, I feel I have a strong connection to rural spaces and small towns, and I find my art practice to be reflective of that. A lot of my photography takes place outside of the city, and deals with the relationships between people, their lifestyle, and the space in which they live. A solitary lifestyle and more specifically, isolation within the winter season is what drew me to a project I did last year. The effect the surroundings have on humans, physically and more importantly, mentally became my primary focus. I spent an extensive amount of time during the 2012 – 2013 winter exploring the frozen shores and forests around Lake Winnipeg, hoping to achieve some kind of personal connection and understanding of the space around me. I also began to conduct interviews with local people about their own experiences spending winters out of the city. Visually and conceptually, the resulting project evolved quite a lot from where it originally began. The body of work that emerged was a series of photographs dealing with the human condition of loneliness and the slow descent into mental isolation. The human figure, when present, became just another layer blending within a still and silent space, creating tension and cutting any figurative representation of a person. The project that began dealing with physical human interaction within real spaces, became more of a study into psychology and the space within our consciousness.
The cabin used in the photographs belonged to a friend of mine, who was at the time spending the winter alone while working up north. His own account was an important contribution.