Materia medica

University of Toronto Art Centre (adjacent to the urban buried waterway, Taddle Creek)

Materia medica is a response. Here, material processes with local plants embed a kind of awareness of the land. In knowing where and how colours can be grown, cultivated, and extracted sustainably, a certain intimacy with place occurs. 

In late 2015, the Journal of Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University) published my written Master of Visual Studies thesis, Materia medica, which accompanied the exhibition at the University of Toronto Arts Centre.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to share this yearlong research project. Materia medica weaves together questions of ancestry, art, and experiences of relating to the world as sacred. 


Materia medica was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.