A visual learner who was naturally drawn to creative expression, McMaster’s dyslexia also made academics a challenge. “Art was always something that wasn’t a struggle for me,” she explains, and her parents supported her interest with after-school art classes. After first encountering the magic of darkroom photography in high school, McMaster went on to major in photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.
“It really wasn’t until my final year of university when I developed this direction of working. I was feeling like I wanted to do something more for myself, expanding and exploring my other interests within the still image,” says McMaster. “As a kid, I of course didn’t know that my other interests in theater, set design, and costuming would influence me. But I look back and there are all these moments where it makes sense what I do now based on the interests I had when I was young.”