shows & series
I am calling this series of paintings “Rehearsals”. In this work I use the painted surface as a threshold for figures that appear as on a stage and become part of some spontaneous performance. These are theatrical fantasies where the figures can be viewed in terms of wider social groups that are immersed in a world of make-believe that for me alludes to a reality beyond what I am depicting.
My childhood spent in parts of Manitoba’s and Ontario’s Precambrian Shield continues to exert a strong pull on my creative imagination. I am trying to find forms for my childhood impressions and ways to place my experiences in a larger cultural context.
I am someone who dislikes clutter. I am also an artist who makes things using innumerable found materials, mostly from books and magazines. As a magpie gatherer, I am always conscious of the need for containment and organization or face chaos in my workspace.
For many years the forest has been one of my enduring subjects. In this project I worked towards an aesthetic of embodiment, creating metaphors for establishing a strong human presence within the landscape. This involves creating spaces that embody many things: memories, dreams, pleasures and sometimes feelings of estrangement and even terror.
In the Acteon Project I use a classical Greek myth with a long history within European visual traditions, as a means of combining the landscape and the human figure. Rather than re-telling the story I am interested in seeing where my experimentation with the concept of metamorphosis will lead me.