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Summer Review

The famous pink Ojai sunset
The famous pink Ojai sunset

It’s been a quiet few months on my blog, but things have been busy this summer. Between exhibitions in Vancouver and Edmonton, there have been travels as well as dressmaking and a wedding! I’ve just recently started a new painting in the studio, and with the sudden change in weather here in Vancouver, I’m reminded of that back to school feeling. So I guess you can kind of think of this blog post as my first day back to school, and here’s what I did this summer.

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Now & Then – Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver

The new Pendulum Gallery set up
The new Pendulum Gallery set up

The group exhibition, Now & Then, at Pendulum Gallery was well received, with their new gallery walls and light system in place. It’s a great place to show work as I think it receives more foot traffic than many galleries I’ve shown at, and the more eyes, the better.

My wall of drawings and paintings
My wall of drawings and paintings
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A different view
My Rejected Memories drawings shown in a new more sculptural configuration
My Rejected Memories drawings shown in a new more sculptural configuration

You can read more about the exhibition and gallery space in Vancouver is Awesome here.

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A Conversation: With Mary Porter – Latitude 53, Edmonton

A Conversation at Latitude 53
A Conversation at Latitude 53 (Photo courtesy of Latitude 53)

For the last year and a half, Mary Porter and I have been collaborating on a project. We’ve known each other for almost 15 years now, meeting when we were both on exchange in Paris. Over those 15 years we have perhaps only lived in the same city for 12 months total. But we’ve managed to keep in touch and stay good friends, as well as collaborate on smaller projects on and off over the years. This culminated in our project, A Conversation, which we showed this summer at Latitude 53’s ProjEx Room.

A Conversation - with Mary Porter
A Conversation – with Mary Porter (Photo courtesy of Latitude 53)

Working from images found through Google Image Search, Mary and I made digital collages based on our text conversation using the first 20 images for each search. The results were convoluted but patterns emerged through common images and text. We showed the images as a video projection on opposite walls in the space, where viewers sat in the middle as we “spoke” to each other from either side of the room.

Twinned projections in the ProjEx Room
Twinned projections in the ProjEx Room (Photo courtesy of Latitude 53)
A still from A Conversation
A still from A Conversation (Photo courtesy of Latitude 53)

A Conversation will be showing in December at Truck Gallery’s Window Space in Calgary, Alberta.

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A Wedding & A Honeymoon

Last but not least, my fiancé and I got married this summer. Early on in the planning stages, I saw a dress I loved but it was from a few years back and impossible to get a hold of, not to mention way out of my budget. Against my better judgment (or despite it!), I decided I was going to make my own wedding gown, even though the last time I sewed a dress was when I was 14 and in Home Ec class. I figured…how hard can it be? It was just another art project to tackle! The thing is, I wanted a simple shaped dress, which I had a hard time finding in shops, but I also wanted flowers on it. So I got down to painting with watercolours, practicing roses in a painting medium that I wasn’t used to. After many botched attempts, I finally worked it out and scanned the image and had it printed onto satin.

The watercolour roses printed onto satin
The watercolour roses printed onto satin

From there, I made a mock up dress in a cheap fabric using my own pattern that I created by looking at photos online of the original dress I liked and, no joke, Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink dress that she won her Oscar in. I think all my problem solving skills for creating art, from the planning stages to the end results, helped me a lot in trying to figure out my dress.

The skirt section half sewn
The skirt section half sewn
Awkward selfies
Awkward selfies

Working on my kitchen table at home while trying to keep the dress a secret was hard, and it also meant doing fittings and trying to see what the dress looked like on and from behind meant many awkward selfies in the mirror. In the end, after a couple of fitting hiccups, I finished the dress and even made it convertible into a shorter party dress for the reception.

Photos by Brianne Adams Photography
Photos by Brianne Adams Photography
Photo by Brianne Adams Photography
Photo by Brianne Adams Photography

The wedding couldn’t have been more perfect. And after a happily stress-free wedding, my husband and I left for a quick honeymoon in California. We spent a few days in Ojai, and all the cacti we saw inspired my new work, which has been commissioned by The New Gallery in Calgary for their fundraiser later this fall. The drawing will be made into a silkscreen print. I will post more details in upcoming months.

In the meantime, a little sneak peek:

Work in progress
Work in progress
Work in progress
Work in progress

i still dream about you

Drawing cats
Drawing cats

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a recent influx of cat drawings pop up on my feed. I was working on a piece that will be printed in the upcoming Cat Issue of Sad Mag, a quar­terly mag­a­zine that cel­e­brates indepen­dent art and cul­ture in Vancouver.

And drawing more cats.
And drawing more cats.

The issue won’t be out until end of December, at the earliest, but I’m also releasing the image as an open edition print. The idea for this work actually started along the same lines as my pretty boys kill me series, while I was at Ox-Bow. I came across some patterned fabric and made a mock up using a scan and some digitally overlaid text.

My original study using found fabric.
My original study using found fabric.

This file sat on my computer desktop in a Work in Progress folder, tentatively titled “Cat Scan”. And it sat there on the back burner for a few years until the perfect opportunity to have it in Sad Mag came up. And so I began working on my version, using my own drawings. The image is a digital collage made up of my original pencil crayon drawings. I had an open call for friend’s photos of past pet cats.

i still dream about you (cats) - 2014. Archival Digital Print.
i still dream about you (cats) – 2014. Archival Digital Print.

i still dream about you (cats) is like my pretty boys kill me patterned text drawings, in that it is also like a love letter and deals with love and obsession, but between a pet owner and his/her cat. Speaking from experience, for cat owners (and probably any pet owner), after a pet passes away, every so often, it will show up in your dreams and there is a hint of sadness when you wake up. Sometimes I think about getting another cat, but then I think about the heartache of losing a pet. Someday….

And for anyone who hasn’t owned a cat before, well, the image can propagate the idea of the “crazy cat lady”.

I’m taking orders for this print, which is a signed open edition archival digital print. It is an 8″x10″ image on 8.5″x11″ inch archival watercolour paper. The print is $50 (plus shipping) and for all orders until the end of the year, I will be donating $5 from each print to the BC SPCA.

To order, you can e-mail me or place your order on the Editions page of my website. Delivery will be around December 20th. Also, Sad Mag will be selling these prints at the upcoming Blim Markets: November 23 at the Heritage Hall and December 20 at Fox Cabaret.

Pretty Boys, You Owe Me

We decided to forgo vinyl lettering this time.
We decided to forgo vinyl lettering this time around.

It was a short but eventful trip to Calgary, between setting up for the Pretty Boys, You Owe Me exhibition at The New Gallery and an artist talk and studio visits at the University of Calgary. The exhibition was a successful collaborative effort between the gallery, the other artist, Stacy Lundeen, and myself. We were chosen to be in a two-person exhibition by the curatorial committee of The New Gallery. I think it worked out pretty well since people at the opening were asking how long we have been collaborating for. The opening was on a Friday night, so it had been 2 days since we started working together, to hang the show. Both of our works had been finished independently so it was fun to see it play off each other in the space.

Here are some photos from the exhibition:

Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
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Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary
Pretty Boys, You Owe Me at The New Gallery, Calgary

Pretty Boys in Calgary

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A stack of Phantasmagoria drawings ready for Calgary

Next week, I will be in Calgary for the opening of my exhibition with Stacy Lundeen at The New Gallery. The show, titled Pretty Boys, You Owe Me, is a two-person show that includes works by both Stacy and me dealing with text, self-deprecation and lust. I feel like there is also a bit of humour running through both of our works…this will be my first two-person show and it’s kind of interesting, two artists working separately and then being shown alongside each other. A dialogue will take place between the works, no doubt, and perhaps one artist’s work will colour the reading of another’s, and vice versa, but I think this is a good thing. I’m looking forward to the hanging of this exhibition, as I think it will be a fun exercise in itself.

Packing and shipping a show is way more work than expected
Packing and shipping a show is way more work than expected

There’s a funny story about this series of drawings, pretty boys kill me. When I was first starting the work, I applied for a grant (I won’t name which one), and in my application I had stated that I wanted to show this body of work in some artist-run centres in Canada. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive the grant but when I called for feedback, the only quotes written down from the jury were, “I don’t like the work” and “No artist-run centre will ever show this work”. Not the most positive or helpful feedback, but it didn’t deter me from continuing with this project. And I’m happy to say that the series of drawings, which includes some new Phantasmagoria drawings, will be shown starting next Friday at the artist-run centre, The New Gallery.

Phantasmagoria 8 (detail), Coloured pencil on paper, 11 x 14 in, 2014
Phantasmagoria 8 (detail), Coloured pencil on paper, 11 x 14 in, 2014

This is the first time I will be showing in Calgary, which I’m excited about as I’ve heard good things about the art scene there and am looking forward to having a look around, but it’s also the first time that a body of my work has traveled for a show. The New Gallery has been great to work with. They also commission writers to write a text in conjunction with their exhibitions. Beauty and Repetition, by Karly Morimer, can be read on The New Gallery’s website.

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Phantasmagoria 6 (detail), Coloured pencil on paper, 11 x 14 in, 2014

Pretty Boys, You Owe Me opens October 17 at 8 pm at The New Gallery in Calgary. The show runs until November 15. If you are in Calgary, I hope to see you next Friday at the opening night.

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