Science

I’m a cognitive neuroscience PhD student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto working with Dr. Morgan Barense. My doctoral research explores memory processing during sleep and dreaming. I hold a FAST (Faculty of Arts and Sciences Top Doctoral) Fellowship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and am currently a Junior Fellow at Massey College.

Previously, I completed a BSc. and MSc. at Queen’s University. My MSc thesis, written under the supervision of Dr. Jordan Poppenk, explored the role of time and sleep on various forms of gist memory. This research has been published in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Art

My work investigates the multifaceted experiences of sleeping, dreaming, and remembering. As a scientist exploring these ideas, I often focus on the potential mechanisms for memory processing during sleep and dreaming and those aspects that are measurable, quantifiable, and incremental relative to the previous research. In my artwork, I join this perspective with the other portion of these experiences – the somatic aspects, first-person perspectives, the ways in which our memories of dreaming can feel when we are awake. I am particularly interested in creating hybrid spaces that bring sleeping and dreaming closer to our waking lives, illustrating the layers of connections there that are not apparent but affect our thoughts, feelings, and memories. My artwork often zooms out from the current scientific perspective to imagine possible future trajectories in the field (whether desirable or not) and to investigate the kinds of questions we should or shouldn’t be asking. Are there aspects of sleep, dreaming, and memory that we shouldn’t quantify? Are there features of these experiences that we prefer to remain unknowable? Can we understand sleep across individuals while retaining the memory of what it feels like individually?

To illustrate the shifts between different states of consciousness, I often use translucent and dynamic materials in my work, such as televisions, projectors, mirrors, and digital holograms. I often utilize video as a proxy for memory, either real, speculative, or entirely imaginary. I also enjoy working with found materials, including video and dream databases.

Previous shows include Modern Fuel Artist-Run Center, Union Gallery, and SAW Video.