To Be a Woman

Cricket is an 18-year-old beauty Queen from a small town outside of Ottawa.  Her first experience with pageantry was the heartfelt, charity-oriented, supportive experience of a hometown pageant which she won.  This brought her to compete in the Top Model of Canada pageant which she then won.  After winning, the first thing said to her from the judges was “You better lose a bunch of weight if you want to get an agent.”  Cricket quickly became disenchanted with the modelling industry.  On her way to Egypt to compete in the Top Model of the World pageant she stopped by my studio to shave her head and do a photoshoot/interview for Herself.com via Caitlin Stasey.  Cricket’s plan was to wear a wig to all her fittings leading up to the pageant so not to be disqualified and although nervous, managed to get through the lead up without incident.  Cricket revealed her shaved head at the Top Model of the World and needless-to-say, she didn’t win.  Her interview and photos were published on Herself.com to hopefully inspire women to love themselves as they are. I shot this video throughout the head shaving process which became a rebellious ritual of sorts. Cricket wrote the accompanying poem to give voice to her actions. I found it to be raw and of a high quality. I hope you enjoy it too. xo

Cricket.Herself

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This is Cricket, the 18-year-old beauty queen who stopped off at my studio to shave her head en route to represent Canada in the Top Model of the World pageant in Egypt. The photos were shot on 120mm film and are published with Cricket’s full interview on Herself.com. Take a peek! xo

What does the word ‘woman’ mean to you?

The word woman to me means strong. Regardless of the sex assigned to you at birth, your ethnicity, your race, your religion, your sexuality, you are fighting a systemic pull. Of course, the factors stated above can make this pull stronger, and the battle harder. There’s the trickle-down effect of ingrained systemic misogyny, leftover from the fights fought by women before us, and the alive and thriving oppression that we have not yet tackled. We’re all fighting. And it’s important to help each other in our battles. It is especially crucial for woman born with privileges (e.g. white, cis) to assist our sisters in their more heavily-rooted battles.

 

The Goddess Array V.2: Exhibit Opening

A few memories of a warm-hearted evening in celebration of The Goddess Array V.2. Sending you all much love. Many thanks to Kelly and Char of Milk Glass for the space and to Carmela Antonio for being so fabulous. Here’s is the video we made together again in case you missed it…xo

Photos by Katherine Kwan.

Pink Dawn

Here it is! My first stab at making a music video. I am so grateful to have been able to work with Carmela Antonio – a talented, brave and willing muse. From the art direction to the production to the editing and direction this video is a product of our imagination and hard work. Elena Pacienza did the hair & make-up. And Carmela is a superstar. I am already looking forward to the next video, whatever shape it will take. Thanks for watching. xo

Goddesses in Vogue.

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Chloris, Goddess of Flowers

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Eirene, Goddess of Peace & Spring

Vogue Italia gave The Goddess Array another nod this morning publishing two of my new pieces for the project. You can take a look HERE. Please come by and see the full collection of twenty this Thursday at Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas Street W, Toronto). Doors at 6PM. xo

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