91 days of drawing

Ambivalently Yours goes to Glasgow
A 91-day drawing marathon 
April 1st to June 30th, 2015

I realized I was ambivalent in 2011, while working in the fashion industry and studying feminist art. Instead of ignoring the contradictory nature of my interests, I decided to embrace them, allowing myself to be comfortably conflicted, to be boldly undecided — to be Ambivalently Yours. I have since explored ambivalence many different ways, the most successful of which has been through drawing. In the last few years, many of my drawings have been shared virally on social media sites likeTumblr and Instagram, inspiring my newfound online community to contribute their own ambivalence and feminist questions. In response, I have been illustrating the ambivalent feelings of others and posting these drawings on my Tumblr blog. My inbox is now full with over 300 pending messages, all of which I will attempt to answer during a 91-day drawing marathon set to begin this spring.

From April to the end of June, I will be the artist-in-residence at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland. My goal for this residency is to fully commit to my online practice and attempt to respond to all the questions, comments and drawing requests that I receive. Straddling a thin line between devotion and obsession, the entire process will be documented and shared via social media outlets such as Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Removed from the comforts and routines of everyday life, my displacement and isolation will help me explore the boundaries and limits of a media that promotes social connection by concurrently encouraging isolation. While I suspect that my extended online availability will allow me to expand my practice and web-based interactions, I am also interested in the failures that will inevitably occur as I take on the ambitious task of being an omnisciently present Internet artist. I have no doubt that feelings of solitude, mistakes and meltdowns are in my future, all of which I plan to document on the Tumblr page: 91daysofdrawing.tumblr.com


The creation of this work was made possible by the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow