only used on special occasions

I received some ceramic molds that became the inspiration for new work in the “Preserve” series.  I cast the molds using wax to create objects that mimic china used only for holidays and special occasions. These ephemeral objects directly relate to issues of fragility and domesticity.

Provide

“Provide” is a continuation of the “Preserve” theme with forms and video that capture the spirit and fragility of life. It envelops the viewer in the work. “Provide”, is an installation that touches on the past; hardships faced and forbearance exhibited in the face of immense difficulties. Delicate, translucent wax skins cast from potatoes are displayed across the floor, referencing a harvested field, while videos of a forest being cleared and digging in the earth play on adjacent walls.            

artists' studios, art enterprises

New studio at the Cotton Factory

  As of September 1, I am sharing a studio at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton; a beautiful, refurbished factory with fantastic  facilities, friendly faces and an amazing ambiance. I feel very fortunate to have found such a wonderful place to work with opportunities for collaboration, and space to grow.  Now its time to work!

preserved: field, specimens, road

My work is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociopolitical ideas that respond to environmental issues, memories attached to objects,  women’s issues, and the fragility of family dynamics. My practice has evolved around the creation of work from basic/minimalistic materials within a formal structure that stimulates viewer reaction. I manipulate a variety of fibres through weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting, making paper, building with wood, sawdust, and other industrial materials to create series’ of forms that are relevant to my hypothesis. Working with my hands inspires my creative process. I love the intimacy and pleasure in the repetitive movements required to make objects. I enjoy…

Hair Stories

Who doesn’t love going to the hair stylist to be refreshed and revitalized?  It is a great treat to come out of a salon feeling reinvigorated and restored to your beautiful self. Liz, a hair stylist, not only makes you beautiful, she tells amazing stories while she cuts and styles your hair.  Her hands are so expressive, it is a pleasure to watch her work and to listen to her stories. Here are a few: My one and only best Christmas present. the Christmas I got my car- the one and only best Christmas present in 39 years of marriage  …

Drawings

Fruits and Vegetables   Bones

faux boutique

With my studio empty due to an exhibition and wanting to stay busy, I decided to try my hand at restyling some outdated clothing.This resulted in visiting every thrift shop in town for fancy fabrics; then sewing non-stop with the results you see below.  I hung these garments in my studio as I completed them, eventually producing a  boutique-like atmosphere which became the focus of the pedestrian traffic and puzzlement since I had no sizes or particular idea of selling any garment.  It was great fun!