Stop and smell the flowers

The Lilac Swing Coat is a new addition to my Weedrobes Collection. It reminds us that the olfactory senses are a basic element in nature used by plants, animals and mammals alike. Here there is no need for manufactured artificial scent, the redolent flower itself entices our nostrils. On the day of the photo-shoot in front of the historic Marine Building, passersby stopped and took in the garment’s aroma. This manteau parfumé of fresh scented Lilac flowers epitomizes the perfume industry, in particular the seductive ads of Chanel No 5 featuring Catherine Deneuve who stood for luxury and sophistication. The coat …

IceShifts Feb 2011

I have been continuing my exploration of frozen garments in blocks of ice. This new piece is a turning point for me where I have begun to incorporate plant materials into the mix. Julie Taymor’s scene of Lavinia in her film Titus has stayed with me for a long time; her hands cut off and turned into branches. In my artwork though, the organic elements symbolize a redemption of sorts, where nature regenerates itself and life continues despite tragedy.

Nato Thompson

I went to hear Nato Thompson speak last week and I really enjoyed his energy, style and what he had to say. He is the chief curator at Creative Time, New York’s premiere public art organization. His attitude towards public art was refreshing. He advocates for art that really reaches out to the public and is not afraid to tackle the hard questions. For example he spoke about supporting a project by artist, Paul Chan which re-staged Waiting for Godot in the deep South after Hurricane Katrina. To avoid the pitfalls of creating art in a situation where there is palpable racial …

False Creek Bride 2011

If you missed our show last year, then this is the perfect opportunity to come and see our all ages performance on Granville Island. 3 shows per day for 2 days. Free with wrist bands, which are allocated from at 11am on each day. Space is limited to 25 per show. Concept and design by Nicole Dextras and storytelling and choreography by Naomi Steinberg. Click HERE to see photos of last year’s show Dates: Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th, 2011 Time: Daily, 12 – 12:30pm, 2:15 – 2:45pm & 3:30 – 4:00pm Venue: Railspur Alley Park on Granville Island The False …

The View Project Book

I have 2 photographs featured in this book, which accompanies the View Project exhibition. Blurb Books has done a great job in the design of the book. Edited by Joyce Tenneson. For your viewing pleasure, sample the entire book of great photographs here: http://www.blurb.com/books/1679017

Ice-Shifts

A recent unexpected cold snap in Vancouver BC gave me the opportunity to try out some new work that I have been thinking of for several years now. This is the beginning of a new series entitled Ice-Shifts, where I freeze deconstructed garments into blocks of ice and then photograph them. This is a further development of my previous pieces, Iceworks, where I began to randomly freeze clothing when the weather permitted. This winter i will continue this new series with the aid of my chest freezer and plan the composition and colour of each piece to create a cohesive series …

View Project

I am very proud to have been selected for The View Project, curated by Joyce Tenneson, a photographer who’s work has inspired me for many years. This is a traveling group exhibition of photographs that reveal something about the photographer’s inner life – images that are personal and powerful, yet perhaps not clearly understood, even to the viewer/photographer. The View Project will be an opportunity for each viewer to ask themselves what views, places, and moments in their own lives have left an indelible mark on them. Tenneson has also assembled a digital slideshow which will accompany the exhibition and will be projected in the galleries. …

Rising In Liverpool

Su-Chen Hung, an artist I shared a lot of yurt-time with in Mongolia, is showing her new work at: The Independents Liverpool Biennial 2010, from Wed. Oct. 27 ~ Sun. Nov. 28, 2010 at Wolstenholme Creative Space,  11 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, UK. Su-Chen’s piece is created with red sewing thread and 3059 sewing needles. Of her work she says: Are the four images echoing each other in their positive and negative forms or have the figures on the wall just arisen from the floor? This exhibition, curated by Priya Sharma and Caroline Smith, showcases the artists’ varying concepts and reactions to the unique environment of WCS. They …

NAVIGATE, night of all souls

On October 30th 2010, I created an installation for the Night for All Souls at Mountain View Cemetery to honour my father who passed away this year. My father loved sailing and so I made a boat and four sails which were installed in the Celebration Hall courtyard. The boat hung from a concrete wall; the bow faced the pond and the stern could be seen on approaching the building. It was at once, floating in the air and piercing through the wall. The basic form was constructed from Willow branches (grown in my yard) and covered with handmade paper …

Knitting Cattails

No I am not knitting the tails of cats, but the  Cattail plant, which I harvested from the pond on Granville Island- and yes the maintenance guys were very happy to let me do that because it is very invasive and they have to go in with hip waders every year and pull a bunch of it out. I then washed  and dried the long leaves and stored them in the rafters of my basement. To use them for weaving or in my case knitting and crocheting, they have to first be soaked to make them pliable. For now i am experimenting …

Studio Garage Sale

Sunday October 3, 10:30 am to 6 pm, at Island Studio, 1551 Duranleau Street on Granville Island in Vancouver BC. #32 on Map I am cleaning out my studio and have many items that may be of interest to artists and crafters. I need to make room for storage and must get rid of the stuff i have collected over the years when i was doing more assemblage works. For example i have doll hands, plastic fruit, shoes, cast paper bits, masks, plastic moulds and wooden print drawers. I also have some picture frames and i have a booth structure …

Beijing Art

The abundant and vibrant art scene is what I really enjoyed in Beijing. Contemporary art is blooming in this smoggy overcrowded city and its energy is infectious. I visited the 798 gallery district, were we saw the Hope Tunnel installation at the UCCA gallery where the the train is a genuine artefact from China’s 2008 Sichuan earthquake, responsible for the deaths of 68,712 people. In the Chaoyang District I visited the Li-Space gallery and saw the exhibition Get Moving, which seemed to be critical of the art star complex of Beijing. At the Art Today Museum i saw the large photographs of Yan Zhixiong …