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With my studio empty due to an exhibition and wanting to stay busy, I decided to try my hand at restyling some outdated clothing.This resulted in visiting every thrift shop in town for fancy fabrics; then sewing non-stop with the results you see below.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

The Ladies: Isabella

Please join artist Susan Barton-Tait and curator Maeve Hanna for the opening of a new show – The Ladies: Isabella – at Storefront Studio, 1144 4th Ave on Thursday august 25 starting at 4.30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Help support local artists – come, take a look and say hello! The Ladies illuminates Barton-Tait’s ancestry,   FRANK PEEBLES / PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN  AUGUST 23, 2016 07:44 “The legacy of Isabella McKenzie is built of pulp and human spirit. The story is almost wordless. Barton-Tait is a professional artist and she introduces her 19th century ancestor to the world in the frame of…

kitchen sink & counter

The final piece of the cast paper kitchen – the kitchen sink, counter and essentials needed to make a kitchen run:  toaster, fruits and vegetables, tea pot, tea cups, bowls, implements, etc..

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.

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”…