The Battlements of Northern Commerce (2021)
digital composite photographs
This series uses images of billboards in North-Central Ontario to reconsider highways as something both public and private--something that crosses through ecosystems and bypasses animal habitat. The focus on the advertisement is replaced with a hypothetical reflection that mimics the experience of driving a vehicle and the limitations of human vision, as well as the metaphor of "hindsight." Every advertisement on the side of the road, which is itself a cultural construction, disrupts the view of the landscape, another cultural construction; and the transposed reflection fulfills the impossible yearning to concurrently see what's ahead and what's behind. This visual trope complicates the pervading understanding of highways as simply the most efficient route from point A to point B. It suggests that the highway itself is a complex socio-political and biologically-significant environment, not just a network of surface architecture in the peripheries of cities.
The Great Dark Wonder (2019)
Burlington Public Art, Cobalt Connects
Using cellphones, visitors to Burloak Waterfront Park can listen in on a dialogue between two fictional ornithologists who are eternally confined to the research station by unknown forces. Muzzin’s installation explores ideas of the “Natural” through the lens of ecocriticism. The installation focuses on the representation of physical environments and the ways in which these environments are depicted and, in turn, consumed by mass culture.
- Burlington Public Art
Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.
Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
Curated by Kristy Trinier and Kylie Fineday
Inkjet on Aluminum Composite Material, 11" x 17"
24 of 50
Sentinel is an ongoing series of light sources that struggle to compete with the surrounding darkness of the Alberta prairie. On my night walks, I began to view these lights as sentry patrol, echoing Northrop Frye’s theme of “garrison mentality,” a trend in Canadian Literature when characters build metaphorical walls against the outside world. This mentality derives from the part of the settler imagination that feels threatened by the vast emptiness of the Canadian landscape. Within city limits, the street lights are like nodes in a vector, slowly expanding the city’s boundary of visibility with every new development. As a cultural prosthetic, the electricity artificially extends our vision well beyond “natural” diurnal hours, subjecting some locations to perpetual brightness.
Individually, the scenes may appear banal, but collectively they become highly theatrical and incidentally organized with implied drama.
THIRD SHIFT, Saint John, NB
HD Video, 30'00", four channel surround sound audio
Chorus developed out of research on the Pincher Creek wind farms in Southern Alberta. The incentive for renewable power has fostered an ongoing debate about turbine efficiency, structural longevity, energy storage, and wildlife safety. This video expands on normative scales of human time and considers alternative scales – from animal time, to geologic time.
The video is composed of thirty stationary shots of turbines slowed to one frame per second. The audio track is a recording of an amplified kitchen clock
88 slides, 792 images, 9 minutes
A slideshow containing every instagram post with the hashtag #ifatreefallsintheforest (up to January 2019). With slide transitions, the presentation scrolls upward, imitating the instagram format for a duration of 9-minutes. The collection of nearly 800 images illustrates many interpretations of the philosophical thought experiment "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Some interpretations include self-portraits at the gym, food and drink documentation, and inspirational quotes, but most commonly the photos include a tree that has fallen in a forest.
My intent is to bring together this famous proposition with the idea of social media self-representation and the validation ideology of the slightly more colloquial "pics or it didn't happen."
Second Site (2021)
The experimental results of attempting to create a dichrome filter that approximates the perception of non-human mammals; these are mammals that lack red cones and their photoreceptors process red light as dull grey. This attempt is bound to be flawed by anthropocentric bias from the get-go--not to mention by the use of the digital camera; yet, it's an attempt to visualize a glimpse of our neighbour species' subjective gaze.
The sites and subjects of this ongoing series were chosen for their location within the overlaps of human and non-human habitation. Places where a claim to the environment may be shared between many territorial species.
YOU MUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE (2018)
lumber, paint, vinyl
inkjet print mounted on Plak-It, 22" x 30"
From the enigmatic final line of Rilke's sonnet "Archaic Torso of Apollo" (published 1918). Around this time, Rilke was working as an assistant to the sculptor Auguste Rodin. To help Rilke strengthen his writing, Rodin assigned him to go to the Louvre, pick a work, and write about it. The result turned out to be one of Rilke's most memorable poems.
This sign was constructed in Lake of Bays township, Ontario, taken to the end of a dead-end road, and left for one week.
Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.
William Clark's Alleged Signature (2018)
inkjet print, wooden frame, glass, lock
20" x 22"
In 1806, William Clark, of the Lewis & Clark expedition named Corps of Discovery, allegedly scrawled his signature into a large sandstone rock on the south bank of the Missouri River in central Montana. This large rock would later be designated by the United States Government as Pompey's Pillar National Monument. Secured behind glass in a steel lockbox, the alleged signature is actively monitored by five security cameras.
Private Property (2017)
vinyl on dibond
10" x 14", 8 variations, edition of 4 each
The private property signs are a response to the scarcity of public shoreline on waterways in Southern Ontario. This observation was made during a canoe trip from Algonquin Park to the Greater Toronto Area when hours of paddling would go by before a spot to rest or camp could be found.
Existing signs have been parodied with nonsense text as a puerile (and futile) gesture against the sign's own authority as it serves to delineate public and private space.
Thanks to Foris Signs Inc.
The Town Musicians of Bremen (and Elsewhere) (2021)
digital composite photographs, Series of 13
The Town Musicians of Bremen
from The Brothers Grimm
Once upon a time, there were four farmyard animals—a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, who realized in their old age that they could no longer perform their farmyard duties and would soon be put to death by their owner. So they decided to leave the farm and travel to the city of Bremen where they would make a living as town musicians. One night on their way to Bremen, a raging storm forced them to seek shelter in a small cottage in the forest. As they approached the cottage, they noticed that it was inhabited by three robbers who were sitting down to a feast of spoils in front of a cozy fire. Working together, the animals climbed upon each others’ backs and crashed through the window, terrifying the robbers and sending them running into the woods. Believing the intruder to be a horrible witch, the robbers abandoned the cottage where the animals decided to take up residence and lived happily and peacefully until the end of their days.