Artist Statement

In her monumentally-scaled paintings, Pike designs an architecture that addresses the needs of the occupants.  In so doing, she creates alternatives to domestic space.

In her early drawings, Pike invested matrilineal household objects with sentience.  Following that, her boudoirs imagined the bed having the ability to feel, perceive, or experience subjectively.  Later, she hypothesised wild landforms that hybridised anthropomorphic knitwear with geography in climate emergency turmoil.

This led to research about underground refuges such as bomb shelters and quirky English Baroque follies.  Currently, Pike is creating paintings that lead from one to another within a subterranean labyrinth of shell-encrusted grottos.  This web of caves contains such amenities as stables, dance hall, lakeside tearoom, spa, séance parlours, a secret rendezvous hideaway and a greenhouse.

In all her work, Pike makes allusion to eccentric architecture of the past and the embodied experience of the present while providing antidotes to an apocalyptic future.

Pike lives on Treaty 1 land of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Métis Nations.