Last weekend I installed this twenty seven feet long lightbox installation at a private residence in Prince Edward County. Each letter was hand-drawn, photographed and printed using commercial processes, face-mounted onto plexiglass and then affixed into LED backlit frames. The result is a presentation of the Latin palindrome “in girum imus note et consumimur igni” which means, ‘we gather in a circle by night and are consumed by fire.’ The installation, in a house created out of two barns, is integrated onto a beam that runs the width of the room, located two storeys up. The title is in reference to Humpty Dumpty’s speech in ‘Through the Looking Glass’ where he explains the jabberwocky poem to Alice. One of the words in that poem is ‘gyre’ which shares its root with the latin ‘girum’ and is the hint to the traditional answer to the riddle, namely moths gather to a flame and are consumed. However, my answer to the riddle is that we all will be consumed in our own way and so will the characters we create. I choose ‘all the king’s men’ as my answer for they are just as ephemeral as Humpty Dumpty. As Humpty says “When I use a word…it means just what I choose it to mean – nothing more, nothing less.”
Lakshmi’s Garden is a listening painting made with ink and acrylic paint. For this piece, I listened to the mantra ‘om shreem mahalakshmiyei namaha’ throughout its creation. Lakshmi is a Goddess of Abundance. I imagined that her garden of heavenly delights would be filled with the mystical seeds of future earth fruits that begin with sacred geometry and flow into organic forms. The landscape is all colours and is more like the free-floating lightspace of very small and very large perspectives unbound by the usual horizon that human bodies experience while relating to the heavenly body of earth.
Today I realized that it’s been a year since my last solo show. This marks a huge change! In the past dozen years of making things since art school I have always been scurrying about trying to put my art on any wall, at any party, at a yoga studio or a friend’s place or wherever. I was always busy but never really very focused. This past year I have been working steadily towards the biggest installation that I have ever put together for a private commission. I have moved into a new studio where I have been painting and drawing a little bit when I’m not studying for my theology degree. And of course, I made a zine for expozine and some other digital stuff. But sales have been online though visualvoicecollections.com and through my studio. I’m curious to see what will happen over the course of the next year – whether I’ll keep hiding or bust right out my shell.