Drawings

Fruits and Vegetables   Bones

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With my studio empty due to an exhibition and wanting to stay busy, I decided to try my hand at restyling some outdated clothing.This resulted in visiting every thrift shop in town for fancy fabrics; then sewing non-stop with the results you see below.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

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…

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”…