PhD, University of Toronto, 2021
Supervisor: Dr. Louis Kaplan
Committee: Dr. Jordan Bear, Dr. Mark Cheetham
Dissertation, “Projected Visions: László Moholy-Nagy, Thomas Wilfred, and Light Art in the Twentieth Century”
“Projected Visions” explores electric light as a medium in twentieth and twenty-first century light art. Light art is a visual art that takes as its medium dynamic and real-time light. The dissertation discusses several light art practices to identify questions related to space, time, and perception that have been significant to the development and conceptualization of light as an artistic medium. It begins with an exploration of the careers and writings of early light artists László Moholy-Nagy and Thomas Wilfred, examining their use of projected light to create reflective viewing experiences. The dissertation further explores the legacies of these earlier light artists and the experiences that contemporary light artists intend to facilitate. It considers the ways in which contemporary artists, such as Olafur Eliasson and Robert Irwin, continue to employ light to provoke self-reflective, critical, and participatory viewing experiences.
MA, University of Toronto, 2016
BFA (Hons), University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts, 2014
BA, University of Auckland, Art History and English Literature, 2014
- With S. Chang, and F. Ghorbani. 2021. “Introduction: The Eighth Annual Wollesen Memorial Symposium.” University of Toronto Art Journals 9 (1): i -iii
- With E. Zhang. “The Royal Ontario Museum’s Asia-Pacific Collection.” Re:Locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World. Vol. 2, No. 1, (2019): p. 46-59.
- “Here and Now: New Media in works by Ruben Komangapik, Kent Monkman and Adrian Duke.” Leonardo, Vol. 51, No. 4, (2018): p.394–98.
Select Presentations and Administrative Experience
- Web Design Consultant and Project Manager for The Digital Mural Project, 2020.
- Guest Lecture: Tā moko; reading Goldie’s Ina Te Papatahi and Tuai’s Korokoro. Faces of Art History, invited by Samantha Chang at the University of Toronto, 2020.
- Symposium committee member Resilience & Disaster: The Global South during COVID-19, November 19th-26th 2020.
- Co-Chair with Samantha Chang Art History: Why Does it Matter? Hart House, University of Toronto, May 2019.
- Guest Lecture: Nadia Myre, Balancing Acts. The Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, 2019.
- Web developer, designer and manager for the Taiwan Gazette (2017 – 2020)
- “Our Old Korua Picasso: Modernism in Aotearoa,” presented at the University of Toronto Masters Series, 2016
Edited Publications & Catalogs
- Munk School of Global Affairs Research Fellowship for work at the Asian Institute
- Richard Charles Lee Munk School of Global Affairs Leadership award for contributions to scholarship on the Asia-Pacific World
- University of Toronto Fellowship
- University of Toronto Mississauga Graduate Expansion Funding
- First in Contemporary Pacific Art, University of Auckland