Conceptual

Yarn Organs

Part of my creative practice uses objects that other people hold on to that make them sad or unhappy-and create work based on their experiences. The objects I’m working with right now; camera film, prints, journal pages, are from a deeply challenging, traumatic and life changing time in a person’s life. I’m working on crafting […]

Paper Knitting, Wire Skull

I feel like I’m starting to defrost after so much time with myself during quarantine. It started out with me bursting with energy. I had just come down from such a challenging year. Fast paced-stressful-chaotic. Maybe a stressful decade ending in a global pandemic. You know, the works. A lot of my recent projects recently […]

Stitching Paper

The project that never ends. And has still not ended. I began lettering in the spring of 2019 on a long roll of tracing paper. After receiving ANOTHER email, I began to letter all the emails an individual has sent me after I asked them to stop contacting me 5 years ago. When complete, it […]

The Textility of Trauma

“Katrina Craig and Jolee Smith will give a joint presentation on their independent creative practices, which both deal with hybrid text and textile methodologies in relation to trauma. In her studio practice, Katrina repurposes written text as the material for her textiles work, whereas Jolee has been drawing on the techniques of textile practices as […]

Slow Little Twists: St Malo, Manitoba

A welcome slowed down pace. I love when I can find materials in my immediate space. Well, I can always find materials in my immediate space but they look different in the forest than they do in my apartment in the city, don’t they?

The Work That Hurts

I’ve been doing the work that hurts. Cutting my stomach open and looking at my guts, my heart. Who are you? I whisper to myself. It’s becoming clearer and fuzzier at the same time. The more I cut myself open the more I find the rotten parts, meticulously cutting them from the healthy tissue. Where […]

A Much Deserved Service

I keep all of the messages in a folder in my email, and save the screenshots on my phone. Why? In case I need them in the future. So I have a record. Lettering them forced me to read them as a series. Foreign and familiar patterns reminding me of who I am, and who […]

Getting Back to Play

Play is such an important part of my art practice, and something I’ve lost touch with over the last few years in riding the wave of momentum and administrative work. Sometimes an exciting realization can come out of laying on the floor, doing material research, or putting something on your head. Don’t take yourself so […]

Roots and Repeats

Returning to my roots, the heartbreak journals. They’ve been in balls and bundles sitting on a shelf, and I’ve been asking myself if I should just throw them out (but never actually doing it). It seems like I’m not done working with these, doesn’t it? Exactly the same reason I started shredding them to start […]

I’ve Been Many People

these ink drawings may seem out of place. I thought they were “off brand” (a problem within itself, but not a conversation for right now). I was talking about it to a friend who I went to university with. She has seen my work for nearly a decade and we used to work in the […]

White Rabbit Residency: Economy, Nova Scotia

Some places have a magic inside of them. Does a place create magic or is it the people that inhabit it? How do spaces and places attract certain people? How can we create passionate spaces? Kind spaces? Some experiences feel warm, welcoming. complete. White Rabbit Residency welcomes you in like a warm bath. Sleeping in an apple […]

Change is Inevitable, Tides are Inevitable: It Washes Through

You can’t control how events will change you, just that events will change you. I’ve been making work about grief, trauma and closure, but really I’ve been making work about change. Changes shock us, they rattle us. Loss is change. We don’t always know how to deal with these changes. I’ve changed through doing my […]

Calm

I’m sorry I didn’t check in enough when it happened. I was still learning to support people. How do you record the weight a person has on a life, and the weight they have after they’re gone? How do you learn who someone is by what they left behind? In memory.

Words Cut to Slivers, Soften.

It all began with a journal. Or two journals, to be more exact. It all starts with minimalism. I love the idea of minimalism and letting go of the things you don’t use, but sometimes it doesn’t jive with making things. My sad journals. These journals hurt. They feel like a dull hollowness. They suck […]

Control, Vines: A Reflection of Growth

Does anyone else look at their work from when they were younger and realize years later what you were making work about? I’ve been thinking about the ring that was donated to me for my heartbreak project and I realized that without knowing it, I’ve done work about creeping control. I used to be very […]

Loving You Hurt More, A Process in a Process

I made this piece a full year ago and still haven’t published this post. It has been sitting in my draft folder, sometimes with writing in it, and sometimes without. I think it’s always easier to talk about someone else’s story than to talk about your own, and if I had the right words I […]

The Right to be Left Alone

How do you disappear in a virtual age where there are infinite places that you can be contacted on? How do you disappear when part of your career is having public social media accounts and having your contact information readily available? I’m sure I sound like a monster when the other person tells this story. […]

Dedicated to

I have had this book for my Heartbreak Objects series for a long time. It was the first donated object I had received, and it was a heavy one. In his early 30s he had the realization that he was bisexual, and his family was not accepting of his sexual identity. His niece (who was […]

It Washes Over: Opens Febuary 2nd at Flux Gallery

My Solo Exhibition ‘It Washes Over’ Opens Friday, February 2 from 7 to 10pm!!! Exhibition runs until February 9th 2018 at Flux Gallery It Washes Over explores experiences through the objects we hold onto, and how the experiences they represent change us. Using donated items of significance that carry memories, grief, and trauma, Katrina ventures […]

Heartbreak Object: Wedding Bands

We like to pretend we can have a person forever. We are fallible creatures who grow and change, and eventually cease to exist. I was given these wedding bands as a generous contribution to my project Investigations of Heartbreak and Grief. Wedding bands are culturally one of the biggest signifiers of commitment and often that’s […]

Heartbreak Object: Taboos, then, have an all-encompassing quality

I was donated the book Anal Pleasure and Health by Jack Morin as part of my project An Investigation of Heartbreak and Grief.  The owner of the book met me for coffee and we talked about the symbolism of this book in his life, and why it’s important to him. In his early 30s he had […]

Heartbreak Objects: Tokens From a Past Place

I received a big box in the mail. Part of an office chair box covered in duct tape. Inside was a stuffed animal, a beeswax candle, a David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Record, and a long letter about a series of uncomfortable and emotionally exploitative relationships…. ending with this one. The remaining objects had been poking […]

Hikes and Heartbreak: Victoria, British Columbia

The first time I saw the Rocky Mountains was flying over them on my way to Victoria. It creates the same feeling when you are in a dark place and see all the stars: Small and insignificant. I was visiting friends on the west coast, my first time further west than Manitoba. I was stunned […]

My Heart Pounding

I Love to talk, but I don’t like to talk about my feelings. I would prefer to have them tucked into a neat little box where I can keep them from myself and the world. My work with the heartbreak objects has been a struggle and a departure from the work I’ve done in the […]

Love Isn’t About Becoming, it is Being

Carlene Kurdziel donated a pair of snow boots to my heartbreak project. It was my first donated object, and a doozie. The glue that holds snowboard boots together is pervasive, and there is stitching on top of it. I had to slice through the stitching with an exacto knife and then muscle the glue apart. Carlene […]

Performing “Over It”

I have an interest in everyday suffering- Everyone who exists has experienced suffering. In the culture I live in, you’re not supposed to suffer. It’s expected that you might be sad for a few days, maybe a few weeks. Death, heartbreak, transition and loss are something to move past. There is a huge “happiness” movement with […]

Objects of Understood Significance

Sometimes certain objects that I get are loaded with meaning for that person but don’t look like anything special to anyone else. Then there certain objects that our culture assigns so much significance to you that they’re symbols of something much larger. I was given these spectacular rings for my heartbreak project.  

Journal Excitement

I had a lot of colored pens when I wrote on these journals and it’s been a happy accident to get so much variety in something I can’t change the content of. Tape, Cut, spin. Joy in Labour.    

Roughness, Softness

Do you ever have an overwhelming desire to run your hands over uneven surfaces to experience what it feels like? There is something about roughness- we are accustomed to the things we touch being soft and comfortable. We forget to take the time to use the full range of our senses  

Trepidation and Anxiety, A Women’s March: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wow. North America has flipped upside down in the last 12 days. Up here in Canada we aren’t feeling the impact of the newest election as harshly or directly as our neighbours to the south, but there is a thick feeling of trepidation and anxiety in that we share a border with a highly armed […]

Every 5 minutes (30 seconds)

Journal Page that I’ve Destroyed/Time Capsule to 2011 I turned my phone off. I’m in need of a break. I check it every five minutes (thirty seconds) and I need to not have to hear how much he wants to do things and hates me. I just turned it back on. Fuck You lack of […]

Transforming Snow Boots

One boot taken apart. Transforming objects that make us sad into something new to honour their purpose, reflecting while engaging in the process of taking them apart  

Journals, Sentimentality

I find it really difficult to write about my work sometimes. I suppose if i found it easy, I might be a writer instead of an artist. I’m sentimental with objects. I keep things that were important to me, whether happy or sad memories are attached, and I feel guilty throwing them away. I’ve been […]

Heartbreak, Support

Sifting through all my hoards for the project I’m currently working on has allowed me to pick out the things that make me sad, but also reflect on some of the amazing people in my life and read some of the love you’ve sent me! I feel privileged to have met such kind and encouraging […]

Sad Journals, New Form

I’ve been working on a new use for my (sad) journals. They feel too special to throw out but I don’t want them sitting on my shelf. I found a way to spin them into yarn(ish) material, and I’m reading through and slowly making them into something new. It’s so relaxing and cathartic to cut […]

Social Climates

What a busy winter I’ve had making work. There is a stressful social climate happening right now, with elections (Canadian Federal Election this fall and the US Presidential Race happening right now) and the refugee crisis really highlighting how far we need to come with human rights and prejudice. I had an overwhelming urge to […]

Vines Crawl, Body Restrained

  Dress: Cotton/Silk blend dyed with logwood purple, silk piping dyed with madder and black tea, silk organza dyed with logwood purple Model: Lizane Tan Dress: Cotton/Silk blend dyed with logwood purple, silk piping dyed with madder and black tea, silk organza dyed with logwood purple Model: Pamela Stone Dress: Cotton/Silk blend dyed with logwood […]

Queen Mab Hath Been with You

  Birth: Hand woven silk, wire Death: Silk dyed with weak acid dyes, wire Transformation: Silk dyed with weak acid dyes, wire Photo Collaboration With Darren Pottie January 2013, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax NS