My purpose is to is to generate emotions and thinking through the process of resistance. Batik is created with wax and interfering shapes that prevent dyes from penetrating the medium of choice. When dyes spill outside these resists, intended and unintended images come to life.
When we resist popular thoughts, labour, emotions, we initially focus upon a desired outcome. In fact, its the intangible process itself that offers us a value in growth and life. It is this unexpected energy and promise of a new adventure, which drives me on a daily basis.
Born in the Maritimes and now Toronto-based, I have lived throughout the East Coast abroad and traveled all over the world. I fell into Batik while observing a friend composing a market scene with wax and dyes. Where ever it is applied , wax prevents dyes from penetrating the surface; when dye spills outside the waxed area , the piece comes to life. It is enchanting to work in the negative and have images appear as if from nowhere. My purpose is to generate emotions and thinking through the process of resistance. It is this unexpected energy of life and promise of a new adventure, which drives me on a daily basis.
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