I was recently interviewed by David Knight for ARC Magazine. What' nice about doing interviews (not that I've done a ton of them) is that they get you thinking about your work and making connections. Here is one that I made made for myself in our conversation:
DK: You’ve said that you ‘re interested in “the provincial and the domestic”. What does this mean?
provincial often has a negative connotation. People think of small
towns, small islands, small mindedness. But I am interested in all the
things that make a culture and a people who they are – the
idiosyncrasies of a place. I had a class once in semiotics that taught
that in every culture there is a “semiosphere” that only the people of
that culture can understand. My interest in the provincial is about
wanting to know that space as best I can.
In terms of the domestic, I’m obsessed with houses. How they are
made, how people decorate them, what they mean to different people. A
lot of my work touches on these issues. I suppose you might say that the
“provincial and the domestic” are the same space. They are both a type
Check link for complete interview.
I see my art practice as an investigative tool, as a way to engage in dialogue, a platform for thinking and a means to develop knowledge. My work has evolved from figurative and symbolic explorations in painting to a variety of modes that include drawing, video, performance, installation and public intervention projects. Therefore, the emphasis of my work does not lie in the medium, but in creating a space to explore social contexts and collective narratives. History, film, soap-operas, fairy-tales and mythology all inform my work in that they are both narrative modes that I use as well as sites of investigation. I look for the narratives inscribed in various objects and places and find ways to add to them and at times subvert them. Because I live in the Virgin Islands, a place that has changed colonial hands seven times, the longest being Denmark and the last being the United States, I am particularly interested in the colonial and neocolonial narrative and how it shapes identity, memory and reality. (return to website)