I mean, I think I do. I value interdisciplinary work in a really meaningful way.
I often do have this tension between, like, a love and respect for what I consider deep craft knowledge and I think through my career have had a hard time kind of–
I care a lot for this like deep–and l when I say ‘deep craft’ it’s like one thing.
Like, this is the one thing that I’m an expert at, I’m going to make.
As a kid, I was like, “I would love to be a jeweler.” I love jewelry. And I’ve done jewelry. It’s great, but there is an element of it that I’m just like, there are so many details of the medium of metal to learn before you can get to that point where you are really playing with how you can get into that change, how you’re manipulating that material.
I think that goes for so many different fields, and I think that’s like, you know, I guess you’re kind of talking about the ‘hand work,’ but I think that can apply as well to, you know, “I’m getting a PhD in specifically this one area of this very specific thing.”
Where I have often bobbled between a lot of these things, to greater or lesser success, and I think it’s just something that I’ve always done.
I’m a very broad thinker and, even going back, I think I kind of called it.
When I started my degree, I started at the NSCAD on the East coast. The program that I was in was called Intermedia, which is like this specific art practice, which is very funny to have a full degree program about an art practice, like a theoretical art framework, almost.
The whole idea of being like it’s not about having two mediums that you do and are good at, it’s about finding that centre point at where they actually meaningfully connect.
So I think that’s just the mentality that I’ve often taken into, like, the thing that I really enjoy is finding where all of these things meaningfully connect, which is different than something like mixed media, which is like, “I’m going to paint and I’m going to sculpt and they will have a conversation, but I’m just putting mediums together.”
It’s like, “No. Actually I want to find the connections between these things and kind of interrogate that.”