Discovery: Balance show Jan 7 - 28, 2017. One of my pieces, "Bear and Salmon," will be taking part in a group show investigating the theme of Balance at Seymour Art Gallery. My artist statement:
In my work "BEAR and SALMON" the salmon is made of hemlock cones. The material illuminates the biological interconnectivity in the "Bear-drags-salmon-from-marine-environment-to-forest-environment-and-fertilizes-the-old-growth-trees" life cycle. Marine old growth are composed of 90% marine nitrogen. The cones for this piece were collected from old growth forest floor in the Carmanah-Walbran valley. How readily do we have access to how and where materials for consumer goods come from?
One of my pieces "Mallard" will appear at the Robert Bateman Centre starting December 1. This show asks what is "sanctuary" in regards to birds, animals, us. Come check it out. Here is my artist statement for the show:
How do we know a bear or wolf? We may have "seen" one through the gloss of a magazine or glow of a computer or softness of a plushy toy. To our senses, these "animals" exist in the ideal permanent everywhereness of a manufactured or fantasy ecology. From this perspective, the "wolf" is as threatened as the sudden collapse of computer innovation.
Sanctuary begins with shifting our perception. When we know an animal by experiencing the sensual reality of its habitat, its mussel shell its sandy beach, the uniqueness and specificity of that habitat is now part of the formation our understanding.
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First public showing for the "Postage-Postes" series. What a privilege to be part of of the Sooke community energies. The diversity, calibre, and presentation of work was first class. It was a pleasure to see so many art interested people admiring, discussing, contemplating, and being inspired by the creative drive. Hats off to the volunteers.