Drawings

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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.

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”…

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?”