Biography

Currently my research focuses on the history of animals in visual art and material culture from 1900 to the present, with a particular focus on representations of hunting. I am interested in animal (and other non-human living beings) as: subject / material / collected thing / performer / re-(and de-)contextualized being / genetically manipulated / reproduced / as active agent. In particular I am interested in all the ethical/moral/cultural questions that are raised by this type of work and how it is part of the larger narrative of human-animal relations.

In 2015 I co-organized the 8th annual PhD Symposium in the UCSD Department of Visual Arts, “Hysterical Bodies: Disabling Normative Behavior in Contemporary Art,” with keynote speaker Amelia Jones. I also co-curated the annual exhibition of graduating MFA student work, "8 // MFA Exhibition 2015," at the University Art Gallery.

In 2017 I joined the Specialization Track in Anthropogeny (the study of human origins) through CARTA (Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny) as part of UC San Diego and the Salk Institute of Biomedical Studies. Although I focus on the modern, I situates the subjects of hunting and animals through their place in the development of visual language and larger conceptions of the human/animal divide. Broader questions in my research considered the artistic representations of human evolution and the many past species for which we now have fossils and how these representations are by definition between the animal and the human.

I am from Toronto, Canada where I received an MA from the Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories program at OCAD University. My MA thesis was titled, “Why Look at Dead Animals? Taxidermy in Contemporary Art.” From 2012-2014 I worked for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) exhibition department in the HSBC Gallery. Prior to that, I completed an internship at White Flag Projects in St. Louis.

My research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Fellowship (SSHRC).