Rural

Already into April and we are in the middle of a spring snow fall. Sidewalks and streets are now covered in a blanket of white, the chill of winter has settled back in.

I’ve been working with some footage, inverting and layering images from my last shoot in my hometown. It reminds me of all the love I have for that space, but on another level represents my complicated relationship with my rural upbringing. Hometown images that are familiar against the flat white background of winter, are now inverted and layered together to create a landscape that feels detached and disorientating.

Kami

Last week I collaborated with local maker Kami Goertz, an incredible textile artist whose work is so unique and detailed. I took some time on a sunny afternoon, filmed her creative process and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Here are some screenshots from that shoot! I’ll post the completed piece once I finish the final edit.

Sovereign Intimacies II

I’ve been working with a local gallery, the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, documenting and recording their current show. The end result, a short document that will be used for online platforms and in a University setting to explore the themes and complexity of the installation.

We are in the final lap, video has been recorded and now we have to finish our audio on December 4th.

The process has been different to navigate with Covid-19. I’m so used to just jumping in, but this has required a whole new style of creative navigation. Here are some screenshots from the final cut. It’s just so nice to look at and gives me all the warm feelings of creative satisfaction.

Sovereign Intimacies

I’ve been spending some time at the Plug In art gallery, collecting footage and working with the curators of this amazing gallery installation “ Sovereign Intimacies”. Such a beautiful show, the artwork is incredible. Here’s a few snap shots from the other day.

Hometown Fever Dream II

More work based around mirroring and inverting images. This work represents a struggle with dissociation, and the push and pull of rural and cultural identity. All of these shots are stills from a longer video piece entitled “Hometown Fever Dream”

Hometown Fever Dream

Excerpt from a longer piece that builds on the thematic play of dissociation, recovery and cultural identity.

*2 years ago I recorded the alarm system going off in a parkade. It was eerie, foreboding and I loved it. I held onto that sample and was FINALLY able to use it…so satisfying to rediscover audio and find a proper home for it*

Kaleidiscope

Slow Sunday here today, spent some time reviewing and editing footage, creating short pieces that carry the hazy recollection of memories.  The feeling when you try and recall a moment and all you can find are the shapes and sounds of where you used to be.

Rorschach

I was at my studio last night and I was editing some footage, layering and collaging images together and this sequence really stood out to me.  I love how layering a sequence together can really speak to a specific state of mind. Last night i was feeling introspective, and this short piece speaks to that headspace.

Revisiting Works

It’s important to reflect and review your past work as an artist.  Reflection leads to deeper insights that you may have not seen at the time you were working on the piece.  It’s easy to forget about the work you have completed (or not completed), but to return is cathartic, and often inspiring.  This piece is from 2009, repetitious and droning.  I remember this afternoon clearly.  And now I can see how that style has been a thread through all of my work.