I am interested in materiality and the ways in which we experience our physical reality with our senses. In these images, I am focusing on investigating the ways in which the combination of human manufactured materials and natural forces have come together to create a site where the traditional distinctions between what is man-made and natural have blurred.


The Leslie Spit was originally intended by the Toronto Harbour Commissioners as a large city harbour when it first started construction in the 1950s. The city quickly outgrew a need for this harbor and started using the spit as a dumping ground for the city’s demolished building. During the spits physical growth over the last 60 years, plant and animal life started to flourish, creating an accidental urban wilderness. The Leslie Spit is a site where man-made materials and natural forces do not clash, but instead they form a symbiotic environment for animals, plants, and human visitors.

Leslie Spit drew me as a site to investigate not only because it is both a constructed yet natural landscape, but that there is not hierarchy given to these distinctions. The flora and fauna is not even native to this land, but has adapted to grow upon this pile of building refuse. The manufactured materials are subject to not only this flora and fauna, but also the natural processes that created natural environments. The slabs of concrete roll in the water and create smooth oblong river rocks and the rebar become tangled and bunch like tumbleweeds the size of a full grown person. The human-made construction materials lose their man-made edifice and become part of the natural ecosystem.
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“What the artists, like the alchemists, probably did not realize was the psychological fact that they were projecting part of their psyche into matter or inanimate objects. Hence the ‘mysterious animation’ that entered into such things, and the great value attached even to rubbish. They projected their own darkness, their earthly shadow, a psychic content that they and their time had lost and abandoned.”

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