• Photo Series

    For my photo series, I chose to use onions and garlic to explore the concept of “pareidoila” in food. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, pareidoila is the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. In my case, I am exploring the possibilities of seeing patterns that people could interpret as human-like features in the food.

    The reason I’m exploring pareidoila is to explore how creative our minds can be considering we are able to put together a meaning from seeing a random pattern.

    While experimenting with how to style the photo set ups, I realized that the phenomenon can occur naturally or, with manipulating the subjects. The image with the garlic peels that form a face with a smile, and the image with the onion skins that form a face with a frown are both examples of pareidoila forming due to the manipulation of the photo subjects. As for the image with the unpeeled garlic, that happened naturally in the course of me separating some cloves to experiment with. 

    Also, I used a white chopping board for the background for 2 images because I felt it would provide better contrast and effect for the onion skins and, unpeeled garlic. For the peeled garlic image, I chose the green translucent bag as the backdrop because I liked how the texture of the bag complimented the textures of the garlic.

    Performance/Recipe video

    For my performance video, I chose to continue experimenting with pareidolia by seeing how many faces I could make on my chopping board with the ingredients that I had. As I was not able to record my roommate explaining the recipe, I asked her to make a written version of the recipe and then I added those to my video at points I deemed appropriate.

    For the recipe video itself, I wanted to see if I could make jollof rice without using water where she specified. I knew this version would not be edible considering the rice is still uncooked but I was trying to see if I could get the end result of the experiment to at least look like actual jollof rice. I feel the experiment was successful as the end result had the visual landmarks (e.g. how orange the rice is, the mix of vegetables etc) of the actual dish.

    Surveillance Assignment: Sonder

    The Subway is commonly used for commuting by those living or working in metropolitan environments. Many use it because they found it to be the cheapest and quickest form of transport within their cities.
    During my commutes, I often wonder who my fellow passengers are and where they are coming from; often imagining what kind of life they’ve lived up till the very moment I saw them.
    I found out that this feeling has been termed “sonder”. It is more strictly defined as a ‘realization that each person you meet has a life as complex as your own’.

    My video is a compilation of recordings of people taking the subway in various countries such as the USA, Japan, Australia etc. I chose this theme as I find it rather fascinating how easily we can get wrapped up in our own lives, so much so that it can make it hard for us to be understanding and be considerate of other people. In a setting like the subway, I feel people are forced to confront others in a way that reminds them that in that very moment, they share the need for transportation with others. I feel like acknowledging that shared need could lead to acknowledging that we’re more similar than we think we are, and that we are pieces of a larger whole. By experiencing the feeling of sonder, I feel we would find it easier to foster communal bonds as realizing that we are all living complex lives should help establish common ground, possibly leading to a higher chance of good relationships being formed.

    Anti-Archival Art: Gummy Community

    For my project, I chose to look into community and how important support is in the community. My materials consist of gummy bears, a lighter and a sheet of paper rolled into a tube that provides the “structure” the gummy bears can lean on.

    Because of how individualized we have become, I think it has gotten harder for people to go through life as they feel they can only depend on themselves. That type of thinking is quite detrimental when one feels they’ve lost control or, lost the structure that they’re used to. My project shows that when the “structure” is gone, if one feels connected to their community, they’re still able to stand in comparison to being alone and falling straight to the ground. I’m trying to emphasize how important community is when all seems lost and how your fellow members are there to support you in times of trouble and instability. 
    I chose gummy bears as my main material for the Stick aspect as I felt the design of the candy was anthropomorphic. Also with how fragile the stickiness between each bear is, and how quickly out of shape the sculpture can get if one gummy bear is out of place, I think it’s a great metaphor for how an entire community is affected if one member is afflicted. 

    As for the process of creation, I heated up the sides of each gummy bear in order to create the stickiness that bonds them and then I built the round shape from the bottom row upwards. I had quite a bit of trouble maintaining the round frame as the gummy bears tended to move quite a bit during assembly. My initial aim was to make a dome but I ended up with only 3 rows because I found that adding more gummy bears would cause the sculpture to collapse. 

    If I was to redo the project, I think I’ll make a dome-like frame first before adding the gummy bears as it would add more stability.

    The following is small photo series of my process:

    The final product:

    The following is a short demonstration of how the Gummy Community behaves when the “structure” is removed:

    Animation Project

    For the experimental animation assignment, I chose to explore different objects floating in a body of water. My aim was to make an indirect comment on the large amounts of garbage we have floating around in our oceans due to them not being biodegradable. For the objects, I scanned multiple items that I usually get when I go grocery shopping. These items include the grocery bags themselves, some liquid detergent containers, malt beverage bottles, insecticide and a few more household items. As for the body of water, I was able to find a free model online from a 3D asset website called Free3D (the link for this ocean model – https://free3d.com/3d-model/ocan-2-2619.html)

    In regards to my audio, it is made up of multiple clips of me questioning what is happening in the scene. They were altered to have an echo, and to play over each other in order to create a dream-like auditory experience. I edited those clips in a way that still allowed a viewer to hear what was said in the respective clips despite them overlapping each other.
    As for the background noises, I manipulated an audio clip of me mimicking the sound of wind to have a more other-worldly, slightly haunting feel. I also added a clip of me playing around with a bowl of water to mimic the sound of flowing water. This was done to further enhance the dreamy, unorthodox experience I was trying to produce.

  • Series of 3 photos to be uploaded to the Blog – if you have difficulty please email me your assignment by/on the due date.

    We will be discussing everyone’s projects in class + getting group feedback.

  • Chocolate Aftermath in the Trash

    For this project, I had to work with the ingredients which makes chocolate chip cookies. I decided to put a twist, and focus not so much on the ingredients, but the packaging and which the ingredients ins contained. I wanted to highlight that for every food item we choose to use, unless you hand pick it yourself, it will come in some sort of packaging, that will most likely end up in a landfill. Garbage and plastic waste products are a huge ecological problems as consumerism, agriculture, land usage, and human populations increase. Our relationship to food has drastically changed since the industrial revolution as our technology has allowed us to hack nature and mass produce foods through mono-crops, and exploit labour in land regions with difficult economic scenarios. It has changed our mindset around harvesting ingredients from soil, and instead we harvest from shelves. All of these consumer products are packaged in bright colours to attract our attention, and designed to be appealing for our appetites. But seldom do we think about the after math of what happens to all of our food packaging once we have consumed the contents. This photo series shows the progression of chocolate trash being added to the trash pile.

    Chew on This

    For this video, I continued exploring my theme of consumerism and product packaging of my chocolate chip cookie ingredients. In this video, I explored what it might taste like to consume consumerism. I break down the packaging to its smallest amounts, chewing and exploring the flavour with every bite. I reconstruct what the packaging, rejecting its meaning, and pile it up on the table. With every product that we buy, we are also buying the packaging. So much of our food and ingredients we use today comes in these brightly coloured boxes and bags, but we have no use for these aftermath products… and so it goes to waste. If we tasted this packaging, we would realize it tastes like chemicals and pure awfulness, perhaps we might be persuaded to also reject the packaging and pursue other means of obtaining these ingredients.


    Trashy Zine

    “I am sorry, cetaceans”

    Here is a two-screen video depicting footage of humpback whales, and orcas looking at the viewer, while the viewer also watches examples of the history of poor human interactions with whales. I imagined having the two screens playing on opposite walls, this way the whales can watch the history video, and the humans in the room at the same time. I have had a certain fascination with whales and the history of human attitudes towards them ever since my summer job on Saturna Island. There, I got to learn about the very first orca ever captured and kept alive, named Mody Doll. I also got to get a glimpse into the free lives of orcas in the Pacific oceans today, and talk with researchers about the current challenges and stresses that humans continue to create for whales. Whether it is environmental pollution, overfishing of food (Like Chinook Salmon), boat hit and runs, or simply whale watching in boats. I have come to empathise with their struggles and I wanted to create a video that would speak to these problems.

    The audio is either manipulated whale calls, or my own voice trying to be translated into ‘whale’ sounds. My attempt at apologizing to the whales gets lost in translation.


    For this project, I originally was inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, and wanted to try and go into nature and spontaneously create sculptures in nature. These pictures are a documentation of my first attempt at this practice. When walking by the Eramosa River, I tried to look for things in nature that I wold interact with manipulate into something. It made me think about how we impact our world every time walk around. Here, I attempted to document all of the intentional ways I change the environment throughout the length of my journey. All of these before and after images show the subtle changes I created. It made me think about all the minuscule ways that humans my impact their environment and not even be aware of their impacts until over time all the small changes add up into something greater, for better or for worse.

    While walking through, I noticed there was a lot of garbage spread throughout the grass and the trees. I then decided to go back at a later date and pick up all of the garbage that I could find along the side trail. I brought the garbage home. I then put a little piece of every piece of garbage I found into a glass bottle I found on my walk, until I could not git any more plastic and wrappers into it. I added some of my yeast mix into from a previous project created in class, and added more warm water and sugar into the garbage bottle in an attempt to further preserve the garbage to memorialize this project and the human impact the people created on this strip of nature next to the Eramosa River.


    What in the world? This experimental video contains multiple blender animations of scans I took and borrowed, greenscreen footage of myself, and found footage.

    In this video, I try to create my own environment, one that consists of a collage of sounds, objects, and locations all in one space and time. For example, I manipulated the scans I took of various items, such as the animal specimens, and then I placed them within the greenhouse space, that also existed within a nature documentary.

    With these methods, I tried to convey the message and continue my exploration of a human’s relationship, and control over their environments. The greenhouse is a manipulated environment. Preserved specimens are controlled by humans for their own purposes. Nature documentaries only show idealized truths about our world. I continued this human practice of environmental manipulation in the creation of this video.

    All of the sans are my own, except for the Kermit and the space garbage. All of the footage is from nature documentaries. All audio, except for the two songs at the end, is mine (including funkified audio clips from previous projects).

Experimental Studio II/III

Winter 2024 Tuesdays + Thursdays 2:30-5:30

Overview of Projects

Conceptual Art Exercise/Presentation

Short presentations that will take place throughout the semester (done in pairs)


Food + Performance + Photography

Beginning with taking video of a friend of family member telling you their favourite recipe, you will then use those ingredients to create a series of photographs and a performance-to-camera.


Surveillance Art/Art After the Internet

Using EarthCams, you will create a piece of video art. You will also be recording voiceovers.


Artist Multiples



Anti-Archival Art

Utilizing techniques such as mold-making, cooking, fermentation, you will be making artworks that either melt, rot, or stick.


Experimental Animation + Field Recording

You will use your phones to 3D scan objects from your environment and learn to animate the scans using Blender. Additionally, you will be using field recorders to capture sound in order to create soundtracks for your animations.


An array of resources

List of spots to go for inspiration and assistance:

Ed Video

  • Equipment rental
  • Workshops
  • Local (on York St.)


  • Massive database of post-internet art + video
  • Free