My name is Tanya Jasmin Nielsen and I moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland because of an acceptance letter into the Humanities Graduate Program at Memorial University. After spending two and a half years researching the role of failure in the creative process of making art I graduated with a Masters of Philosophy. I am currently working on my PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program exploring anarchy and narrative in contemporary performance art by Latin American women artists. I am also a practicing visual artist of photography, painting, drawing, installation, (on very rare occasions) performance. I have lived most of my life on the Pacific coast, and have travelled great distances for family, school, work, and for myself. When I don’t live within viewing distance of an ocean, I miss it…fiercely.