Oil on panel, 12′ x 5′
Photo credit David Barbour
This summer exploring evidence of proliferations in nature.I am looking for evidence of growth in a world obsessed with death and destruction.
Ink on paper, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, 2009
In 2009 I began a series of drawings using felt-tipped markers. The initial urge to make these drawings was to rebel against the speed of the ‘working world.’ In creating these works, I set myself a number of challenges. The first was to discover a vast number and variety of shapes. The second was to make the drawings complex enough to provide visual interest and ideally, with the accumulation of shapes, to provide a visual intensity. The last challenge was to test my own endurance to cover larger and larger surfaces. The size of the individual shapes in the drawings range from 1 mm to 2.5 cm.
It was my intent that the tiny detailed shapes would be individual units in a larger population rather than read as texture. I also searched for large organizing structures for the tiny shapes. The shapes evoke forms in nature – single celled organisms, bacteria, plant cells, celestial bodies, mineral crystals, mollusks, gastropods, diatoms, fungus or molds but without direct reference.
(91.5 x 91.5 cm)
wabi sabi: (Japanese aesthetic thought) the acceptance of imperfections as part of the aesthetic qualities of an object.
Agnes Martin: (1912-2004) Her interest in Buddhist thought and her paintings with their pencil grids.
UPDATE- This work may now be viewed at the Rideau Centre, in the Simon’s Department Store, on the second floor near the customer service desk until July 2017.
Having moved multiple times both home and studio in the last three years, this exhibition at Gallery 200 in Ottawa represented the first time that I was able to see all of this work together. The work itself was developed over the last five years as the work thanks to some support through Ontario Art Council and City of Ottawa Arts grants.