My interdisciplinary practice draws on both personal and cultural histories to investigate the qualities of absence and presence, which comes from my curiosity with the various forms of loss one encounters, and a fear of the loss one anticipates encountering; such as the loss of an opportunity, a memory, identity, or of a loved one. I explore the dichotomy of absence and presence through textile-based practices, and performative actions that are photographed; this places an emphasis on process, gesture, and documentation – all relating to ways of affirming one’s presence. This is further emphasized in my use of large scale photographs that are often installed as serial/sequential images. What has evolved in my investigation is a playful obsession to find ways to make the impermanent permanent, or to engage in ritualistic acts with the hopes of regaining what is lost, as evidenced in the photographic series A Teleplasmic Study with Doilies, which explores through performative acts, the historical accounts of séances conducted in Winnipeg during the 1920’s. A key component in my practice involves embracing the unpredictability of loss, while conceptually developing ways to highlight different aspects of loss in a contemporary context.