Joshua Trip pt. 1

April seems like eons ago.

In the middle of a Toronto heatwave, I'm tempted to say summer's waning but hello: it feels the way kids pulling home-made gooey salt water taffy (le tire!) looks. For some personal reasons, I haven't updated this thing in some time, and some of you may not have heard a peep from me in a while. But rest assured, I'm getting my ducks in a row after a weird but pretty OK summer.

Leaving in April for some alone time in Joshua Tree, California, spending 2 weeks at a residency, and returning to some iteration of spring in Toronto left me in a lurch as going back to a familiar place with a new understanding of one's self is wont to do.

Over the past few months, I've taken some time off to parse through the work I made and the things I learned in the desert. Let's be clear: this is not the work I made, though these snaps do depict some of the things I started or finished at the residency. I also burned out trying to single-handedly create the first installment of a Toronto-based female-identified index FKA WomenWork BKA Labour of Love: A Feminist Archive.  If you wanted to know, or maybe if you didn't: I've also been photographing weddings and working, and trying to figure out what a 'break' looks like and more importantly, what an 'art practice' ought to be. Defining my terms, if you will. My practice feels a bit like driving or cycling where you slow down to round a bend and then accelerate out of it. Poetic, I know.

Just have to say bless the people who tell me day in and out that it is OK to not produce all the time, that sometimes we need to rest, that breaks are OK because obviously, I'm in this for the long haul. That said, this is more of a diary entry than a blog post of 'new work'.

This a is a tough one for me: all the photos are.. eugh.. digital! Unedited! Eek. Though in my not so humble opinion, pretty enchanting and weird. Have a l00k and don't be too hard on yourself and for the love of dog if you're in Toronto go run thru someone's sprinkler after this-- edit-- dry off if you got stuck in that tropical rain shower.

Here's a pile of rocks for you.

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