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.            

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  …

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With my studio empty due to an exhibition and wanting to stay busy, I decided to try my hand at restyling some outdated clothing.This resulted in visiting every thrift shop in town for fancy fabrics; then sewing non-stop with the results you see below.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!

cast paper table, chairs, and place settings

table and chairs

A table, four chairs, dishes, cutlery cast in paper pulp represent the memory of the kitchen in “The Smallest House Known to Man”.  This kitchen installation is an evolving entity in my storefront window which engages the passing foot traffic and encourages dialogue.

marks from pens as they move on the mechanical apparatus arm

Pattern Drafting

  Susan Barton-Tait and Barbara Scholz have collaborated to produce an installation, Pattern Drafting, which includes paper dress patterns, audio stories relating to the patterns and a mechanical apparatus which creates circles of colour on paper directly relating to drawing, travelling, and life.   Barbara is divesting herself of her life in Canada and returning to Europe, not Austria where she was born and grew up, but to Portugal, to lead a new life in a completely new environment. As an artist she had to adapt her art practise to the Canadian reality. She began a dressmaking business that flourished in the…

street view of hair styling installation; cast hand made paper

Hair Styling

My studio is next door to a hair salon.  I asked the owner/stylist if I could cast one of the stylists’ chairs with paper pulp while the salon’s stylists and customers were busy working and having their hair styled. I had such fun casting the chair and listening to the reactions of everyone around me. When the installation was unveiled in my window, even the street people came and knocked on my window and wanted to know “what are you doing in there?”

urban performance: cleaning roses in my studio window

thorns, petals and stems: an urban window performance

From 2008-2012, I took a hiatus from the art world and became a florist.  To cleanse myself of this past life, my studio window became the site for an urban performance and installation on Mother’s Day. A transformation took place during May from a large-scale display of red roses to handmade paper sheets and vessels embedded with dried leaves and petals from the withered roses. I performed the ritual of cleaning 250 long stemmed red roses in the studio window as people walked by, looked in, stopped to watch, or continued walking. Then I set each rose into grid frames hanging in the studio until an installation appeared.