Living in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver has shaped both my choice of materials and the focus for my work. The immediate urban environment, its shifting terrain and creativity, is a collage of images and encounters that are edgy, and full of a primal vitality. I find visual narratives within this landscape, exposing the layers that are contained within the seemingly commonplace. By improvising on various themes in a range of mediums for a prolonged period of time, I allow myself the chance to explore many facets of each subject.
My public murals, whether solo projects, residencies, or international collaborations, delve into contemporary issues, mythologies and events. Murals can be the catalyst for research into facets of urban life and culture, and the material and themes for the murals, generated through extensive workshops within the community, adds to the resonance of each mural.
Recent international projects include collaborations with muralists from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina and other parts of Canada. In particular, I work as a member of the Canada-based organization La Raza Artists (see category on this website). Along with my partner Esther Rausenberg, I am a founding member of the Vancouver-based Creative Cultural Collaborations Society, an organization dedicated to creative projects in a range of media.