Take In/Push Out is a new series of drawings which deal with the cyclical consuming and rejecting of products and packaging. Relying on contour line, I am creating a fragmented topography of the refuse and household items I observe. Although the piles of trash on the curbs are transient they are almost immediately replaced after collection. In this way are like permanent feature of the landscape.
Upon moving to New York I noticed there are no back lanes and that businesses, restaurants, and private residences put their trash out for collection along the front curb of the street. This makes the cycle of consumption and rejecting increasingly visible.
Imagined Interiors opened last night at C Space Gallery in the Frame Arts Warehouse, Winnipeg, MB. The body of work in the exhibition discusses my perspective on communication as a layperson recently treated for lymphatic cancer. Through a series of drawings and a sculpture, the work makes comment on how a variety of medical professionals communicate with patients who do not have a scientific or medical background (and the successes and failures of that communication). The show runs until August 1st.
My sculpture “Mass” is a representation of an imagined interior form inspired by my experience with the medical system. As a patient recently treated for lymphatic cancer, being able to visualize the internal forms that were causing my illness was an important part of gaining an understanding of my condition. Although my condition was described to me by various medical professionals throughout my treatment these descriptions varied greatly and there was little visual information available. Drawing on conversations with hospital staff, I created an abstracted form that represents the interior mass I imagined. By making my interpretation of these descriptions visible, the work evolved into a commentary on the way that the medical system communicates with individuals who do not have a scientific or medical background. The suspended form and taught woven contours illustrate the volume and weight I imagined. I stayed away from materials and colours that imitate and reference traditional medical illustration and models intending to invoke in viewers a curiosity about the form similar to the curiosity I felt about my condition.
Over the past few months I have been producing hand cast porcelain flasks and water bottles. The bottles are cast from the forms of antique glass bottles.
I began by pairing two materials which I have always had an affinity for – porcelain and leather – and constructing by hand a fitted casing for each individual bottle with a cross-body strap. I hope that this addition will make my hand made flasks and water bottles a practical fit for summer parties, barbecues, and music festivals.
My work is often inspired by the exercise of blind contour line drawing. The drawing detailed above was created using a single continuous line from start to finish. This process forces me to work with imperfection and spontaneously balance a composition.