Saturday, January 10, 2009

'Empty City'

While I was interested in the 'urban dowry' of this city, from cars to streetlights, have the sole position of subjects, this photograph has always evoked very creative and different reactions from other people.
My favourite is the idea from another photographer that this was the perfect tourist 'backdrop' and that people with Hawaiian shirts, Tilley hats, a camera around their neck and a map could walk right into it for a photograph at any point. There are no other people to date the photograph with fashion styles, and the streetcar is iconically Toronto. While this actually was no part of my intent, I love that interpretation of such a commercial use for an empty city photo.

Bookmaking: J'aime Paris

In 2005, I had the opportunity to visit Paris for two much too short weeks, and created this book out of all the paper ephemera I collected in the metro, the subways and the streets alongside photographs. I added vellum silkscreens to give a reader some visual rest between the many, many pages.

The OCAD Papermaking Anthologies are a collaboration with fellow printmaker Sheila Jonah. We collect fibres from marsh grass to found paper, and continue from there! Papermaking and bookmaking is a culture of collaboration. Artists share facilities, pulp ideas and credit. OCAD's anthologies offer opportunities to meet staff and students who share interest and ideas, as well as get a wonderful opportunity to have examples of other people's work .

As an artist, part of my challenge is to not blind myself to chance opportunities. Chance within the process of printing meant my original print of a woman in a red dress was able to transform inadvertently to a person of conflicting faces, one with the ability to see but not speak while the other could speak but was blind, a spontaneous work rich in mythological symbolism of hegemonic blindness and silencing.

Glass Lampworking

I've been renting torch-time at TANK Fire + Metal Studio, and now have all kinds of beads!

Lampworking is very addictive. See if you can spot at least 3 ray-guns, a Thanksgiving ham or a wolf-head in the photo!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

University College Art Lounge

Come and visit the University of Toronto's newest Art Lounge at University College!
From December 4-7 2008 come interact and crawl through my installation of men's business ties woven into a tunnel.

Read more about the Art Lounge and Art Center at

Located in University College, a splendid Romanesque revival building, UTAC is at the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus. Established in 1996 it is one of the five public art galleries to be discovered across the university’s three campuses. Exhibitions that embrace a range of media, art forms and time periods offer an engaging gallery experience that is complemented by lectures, gallery talks and symposia featuring internationally renowned artists, writers and academics.

Part of the Critical Curatorial Lab.

Admission is FREE to all Art Centre exhibitions.

Tuesday to Friday 12 to 5 pm
Saturday 12 to 4 pm
Sunday and Monday closed

UTAC is wheelchair accessible.

15 King's College Circle
(Main floor of Laidlaw Wing)
University College
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H7
Tel: (416) 978-1838
Fax: (416) 971-2059

University of Toronto's Eyeball Show

Opening Night: Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 6-10 PM

Eyeball is the annual undergraduate art exhibition at University of Toronto. All students in Visual Studies program will be exhibiting their work. Come out and celebrate art!

I will have up my installation work from the heart transplant vault to my melting masks - a chance to see them in their original locations.


Located North of College in the centre island of Spadina Crescent and South of Harbord Street. Main intersections are Spadina Avenue and College Street.

Traveling by TTC, exit at Spadina Station, take the Spadina streetcar southbound and get off at College Street. Or take the College Street streetcar and get off at Spadina Ave.

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