spatial profiling...  (2011-14). Performance, site-specific drawing; Photograph by Manolo Lugo.

the face touches the wall
repeatedly outline profile using a mark-making tool
movement through space
results in an abstract pattern

spatial profiling… is a durational performance and site-specific drawing project. The action consists of a continuous tracing of the outline of my profile as I move along the contours of a given space. The piece originated as a formal exercise in the studio that opened up ways to explore the relationship between time and space through the body, as well as racial politics and the tropes of identity-based art. The iterations of the project in Vancouver (2011) and Toronto (2013), and Regina (2014) were inspired by and borrowed its colour palette from Margaret Dragu’s Eine Kleine Nacht Radio (1999).  Drawn directly on the wall, the trace of the action forms a pattern that indicates the passing of the outermost edges of the body, through a process that pushes past the boundaries of the identifiable. Although mostly performed as a solo action over a prolonged period of time, a recent version of the piece included the audience as co-performers.

Exhibition History:



spatial profiling...  (2014). Performance, site-specific drawing; performed at Satellite Gallery, Vancouver. Photographs by Caitlin Carr.


spatial profiling – after Margaret Dragu’s Eine Kleine Nacht Radio  (2014). Performance, site-specific drawing; performed at Neutral Ground for Performatorium - Festival of Queer Performance, Regina. Photograph by Jason Cawood. 


spatial profiling...  (2013). Performance, site-specific drawing; performed at TeaK, University of the Arts, Helsinki.



spatial profiling – after Margaret Dragu’s Eine Kleine Nacht Radio  (2013). Performance, site-specific drawing; performed with Margaret Dragu and Jessica Karuhanga for Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, Toronto. Footage by Aliya Pabani.



spatial profiling – after Margaret Dragu’s Eine Kleine Nacht Radio  (2011). Performance, site-specific drawing; performed at VIVO Media Arts Centre for the LIVE Biennial of Performance Art, Vancouver. Photographs by Jesse Birch and Francisco-Fernando Granados.

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