On building micro-utopias
As an artist, I think about how my art can be a gift to those who can encounter it.
And one cannot think about the gift without considering modes of exchange, reciprocity and our relationships.
What can we learn from each another?
Weaving through the intersections of art, education and civic practice, I explore the autobiographical as a form of embodied knowledge to strengthen relational connections and reveal socially critical material in our everyday rituals. I am fascinated in art as social research, social action and pedagogy. More so, facilitating new ways of being together in a collective space, where new forms of learning and sociality could emerge. Moving beyond individuation, I have always been drawn to building a community of knowledge that can bring about new conversations, galvanise personal shifts and nurture meaningful relationships. To actively listen to each other in an increasingly louder world. To slow down, build trust and hold space for each other.
It is for these reasons that I respond through transformative forms of collaborative engagement. I believe we can expand our means of knowledge production, encounter and circulation. My work is driven by the desire to build a place of connection and care in increasingly uncertain times - a locus of aspiration that is essentially utopian. Yet, I am excited by possibility. The building micro-utopias excites me because we take the leap of faith to think beyond the possible, and redefine what's possible. Realising this, is important. Perhaps we can begin by unlearning what we know, envisioning the world we want, and then actively practising to hasten its arrival. We’re all imperfectly stitched and entangled within each other’s stories. Narratives are enduring in unravelling our wider complex socio-economic, political constructs, and activating a civic dialogue. This consciousness inspires me to create spaces to catalyse these conversations, as well as to honour and share our lived experience.