Shantha:
I feel you put the multi in multi-disciplinary, how do you decide when and how to expand your practice?

Violet:

I started writing poetry when I was 13 years old, and around the same time I also started creating multimedia art using images I found online with Photoshop. I was born and raised in a really tiny town on the south coast of the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland, called Lawn, and as a millennial where I come from, we didn't have high-speed internet until my later teen years. I was also the only out transgender person in my hometown and one of the only out queers. I was very much a social outcast. I didn't participate in public life or social life outside my own individual friend groups. As you can imagine for most queer millennials, especially rural ones, we find our community and we our passions through the internet.

Later on I began creating the base images myself to then digitally manipulate as I saw fit. With this recent residency and grant project at Eastern Edge gallery, as part of their Art as a Tool for Change project, I was really able to expand my visual art practice into a more professional scope. As I've gotten older, I've become more ambitious and confident in my artistic abilities. I'm always thinking ‘what can I do next that I haven't done before?’


I've always been fascinated by the monster, that which is alien, that which is spectral