Biography

My research examines social justice and use value in contemporary community-based art, and focuses on long-term, neighborhood-based projects that claim to encourage civic participation and resist gentrification. I’m originally from Winnipeg, Canada, and moved to San Diego after completing my MA in Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. At UCSD, I’m part of the editorial collective of FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism, founded and edited by Grant Kester. In January 2014 I curated the exhibition On the Beach: Art and Public Space on the California Coast at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which featured works by Suzanne Lacy, Andy Goldsworthy, Helen and Newton Harrison, and Border Arts Workshop. I have co-organized, with Paloma Checa-Gismero, several exhibitions and events at UCSD, including Mineral Spirits at the Visual Art Gallery in Fall 2015 and Elective Affinities at the University Art Gallery in Spring 2014, as well as the 9th annual PhD Symposium, “Local Revolutions,” featuring keynote speaker Lucy R. Lippard, in Spring 2016. In addition to FIELD, my writing has been published in the books Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017, edited by Heather Davis) and Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017, edited by Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch).

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