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…

appliances

The theme of “home” continues to occupy my art making activities. I am in the process of casting a kitchen including the appliances, food and furniture in paper pulp.  Stove I cast the stove, outside in a carport, using a stove that was going to be recycled.  The weather did not cooperate. Immediately after I had finished applying all the layers of pulp, it started to rain and the wind blew so hard it removed one whole side of the cast stove. Needless to say, there was much gnashing of teeth and rushing around to cover the structure. The next…

“a whisper of warmth”

‘a whisper of warmth”  in the exhibition NORTH – TwoRivers Gallery, Feb 14-Apr 26, 2015 The NORTH is  a harsh and unforgiving environment where the inhabitants have to be prepared for the winter season.  Firewood stacked by the door, houses insulated from the oncoming thrusts of winter’s winds and food preserved from the summer’s harvest are all images of living in the NORTH.  The image of the logs all piled ready to be burned in the stove to give warmth in the winter was the basis for the artwork. I have cast individual firewood with paper pulp to represent the logs…

Home Making, Rustad Galleria, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, BC

For many years I have been investigating the theme of “home” as it applies to my life and the memories that I carry with me.  I developed a cache of memories from living in a small cottage-like house,  “The Smallest House Known to Man”, in Winnipeg in the 1970’s that continue to influence my art practice today.  I reconstruct the idea of “house” and experiences of “home” using the memory of  “The Smallest House Known to Man”.  I examine the universal concepts of home and homemaking by enveloping the viewer with overlapping walls of “The Smallest House Known to Man”…