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.

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  …

cast handmade frying pan and spoon

pots & pans, etc

Pots and pans, utensils, glasses, plates, bowls, and cutlery were all cast from paper pulp to inhabit the kitchen installation in my storefront studio. Canadian Art featured an article by Maeve Hanna.  Here is an excerpt http://canadianart.ca/features/pulp-frictions-5-artists-takes-forestry-industry/ Pulp Frictions: 5 Artists’ Takes on the Forestry Industry APRIL 18, 2016 BY MAEVE HANNA All highways into Prince George, the “capital of the north” of British Columbia, lead travellers past some form of the forestry industry. From the east, the Canfor pulp mill sits at the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser Rivers, emitting chemical plumes. From the south sprawls a wasteland of…

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.

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…

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.