The Gnomes of Port Moody Is a joint project between myself and artist Michel LeBlanc. It documents the transition of gnomes from living in the forest to participating actively in the Port Moody community.
A Boy's Dream transposes the illustrations of ancient flying machines from my favourite childhood book into scenes in my condo.
In Old Shacks - New Context I have photographed the ramshackle cabins in Finn Slough in Richmond, BC and put them in a new context - the inside of my condo. This allows the shacks to be appreciated as very unique sculptural objects.
In Appropriated Art I have extracted certain sections of classical paintings and blended them into compatible spaces in my house. This is my way of “collecting” the art and making it my own. I also like the clash of the old Master’s images with the interior of a modern house.
The Bookworms photographs capture the constructions built by bookworms, those tiny shy creatures who read children’s books and then build contraptions to help the characters in the story. For example, if a character in a story is lost at sea the bookworms will build a dock and a rope to help them reach land. This portfolio documents all the structures the bookworms built to help the people in the stories.
Animals imagines what would happen if a child’s toy animals came to life and built homes, played or grazed in the interior of a house.
GIVE AWAY SHOWS
Give Away shows were exhibits held at a local Cafe / Gallery where I gave away the photographs at the end of the show. Potential recipients had to write down why they liked an image and why they wanted to take it home. I gave the photograph to the person with the most interesting / moving write up.
Google Art was a two-year project of sifting through Street View images all around the world looking for artful images amongst all the mundane images captured by the Google cameras. I was looking for formally beautiful images that could stand on their own as works of art.
Basements is a pre digital project where I used a 4 x 5 camera to document the dirtiest, grimiest basements I could find. It started off in our 1914’s house basement and progressed to historical public buildings such as Winnipeg’s old Play House theatre and the CPR station. It was my MFA thesis project.
In the Cactus Series I photographed a cactus over a three-year period and documented some of its attempts to be more than a cactus.
Backyards, also a pre digital show, looks for the beauty in Winnipeg’s backyards and Manitoba’s many country fairs. In this project people aren’t revealed as personalities but more as objects that contributed to a formal balanced composition.
Strange world captures the unusual happenings and oddities seen in everyday life.The Gnomes of Port Moody Is a joint project between myself and artist Michel LeBlanc. It documents the transition of gnomes from living in the forest to participating actively in the Port Moody community.
The following portfolios represent shows I have had through the years and other experimental projects.
2009 Winnipeg Arts Council Professional Development Grant (Travel)
2009 Manitoba Arts Council Travel/Professional Development Grant
1988 Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant (Photography studies)
1987 Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant (Photography studies)
1987 Manitoba Arts Council Project Grant (Exhibition)of Akron, Akron, Ohio