chrysalis // blooming

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If you’d really like to get to know yourself, spend a winter in the woods alone. You may discover your inner monsters and your strength. You may start moonlighting as a barmaid. ‘Stairway to Heaven’ may trickle from your lips and fingertips as you spend dark hours at the piano. You may be astonished by the melting snow come springtime and realize that the winter was just crystallizing everything that needed to be liquified.

image: ‘Chrysalis’, acrylic and ink on canvas, 30″ x 36″

black & white & rainbows

 

For the past year I’ve been hiding in the forest north of Montreal painting my brains out. Inspired by Hilma af Klint’s channeled spiritualist paintings at the very beginning of abstraction, I chose the palette and metaphor of black & white & rainbows. I went back and forth between geometric and totally abstract forms. Some of the pieces were responses to music, some were illustrations of emotional events and others came out of meditation and dreams. And so a strange field of visions was planted, many of which I am still trying to figure out! See the full series here.

all the king’s men

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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

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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.