Rejection Collage




Artist Statement: This piece represents the majority of art in the Yukon, and an innovative way to continue working with and through rejection. Using my last rejection letter from the Advanced Artist Award, and mixed paper acquired at the Visitor’s Centre, this project was created onsite, and speaks for the 70% of Yukon artists whose work does not get funded. Caught in a cycle of paperwork, some projects reapply, and some never end up materializing. Every artist, every human experiences the disappointment of rejection. But we must move forward. This piece meditates on this, simultaneously highlighting all the work that goes on behind the scenes to be order to live and create, and acknowledging all those which do not develop further. By creating this work that is valued at the exact original amount I applied for, this piece becomes conceptual and transforms, exploring the intersection of grants and the creative process, and embodying art’s ability to respond and represent.

This work is priced at $5000, the amount of the grant I was rejected for, and will be submitted yearly to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection Acquisition Call, as the price is part of the concept and life of the work. This piece was originally created in July 2015, as part of the En Pleine Air Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, put on my Yukon Artists at Work.

Transfer Station Artist’s Residency


Transfer Station Artist’s Residency

Transfer Station Artist's Residency

Transfer Station Artist’s Residency

This is the Transfer Station Artist Residency I piloted In the summer and fall of 2013 in Fairbanks Alaska.It was really successful and it felt really good to be giving back to the community, and the arts in general, by simply providing a space to create. And what an experience to be on the ACCEPTING end of arts applications, I learned a lot from the experience on good proposal writing.

Resartis is really the best organization for artist residencies worldwide, but the Transfer Station project shows that you can easily start your own, as I did, with a spare cabin on rental property. Some people charge a fair amount of money and include food and tours for the artists, some simply share a space for cheap as I did, and casually and organically connect artists with events in the community.

I have wanted to start a residency since the early 2000’s, but my plan was always make some money, get some land then start it. That is not the only path, thankfully!