I’m Bug, an interdisciplinary visual artist, illustrator and tattooist; weaving my creative practice with my heart, voice and livelihood in the work I feel called to. I come from Scottish and Dutch white settlers to the Canadian colonial project and displaced Kanien'kehá:ka. I bring myself with the perspectives of being a mad, disabled, queer and trans person.
Feeling the world visually, art has always been an intrinsic focus. I am drawn deeply to the complexity of detail and the expansiveness of imagination. I understand art as a way of relation free of law or limit and work to utilize it as a tool of agency, reflection, and change. I see my role as a part of actualizing futures and the construction of hope, in understanding dreaming and inspiration as living components of collective livelihood.
Drawing is core to my practice, having captivated me since I first put a pen to paper. Grounding in illustrating and slow, intentional, empathetic tattooing; I also work with digital art, watercolour and acrylic painting, DIY culture, printmaking, zines, comics, poetry and writing.
My creativity saw me through trauma, addiction and micro-lifetimes. And grew up with me through punk scenes and collective houses. It is rooted in the communities that built me and is for everyone who recognizes themself in it. I see personal history and self documentation as key to empowerment and know survival as being rooted in story. My own is a rejection of sanity and status-quo reality and a navigation of magic, queerness, healing, connection and the human experience. It honours self, reality and time as fluid and non-linear and envisions gay dreamworld futures made tangible through radical art and magical realism.