Of Things I Can't Unthink, 2018 ed.

240 hours

Give or take a few …. But it was all worth it. “Of Things I Can’t Unthink” is up again in a new iteration, installed in the unparalleled beauty of the West Fjords. The Factory, in Djupavik, Iceland, will host this spectacular piece, along with the work of many other talented artists from June 1st until August 31st, 2018. It’s a little bit out of the way but well worth the drive.

Beautiful photos of the installation process by Randy Antonia, Réza Kalfane and Julie Dodge.  Super special thanks to Heide Schimke for the super special video of my super cool piece. Super.

If you have a chance, sink you peepers into it, maybe with a little bit of this.  But don't watch their video, watch mine. (Just kidding, their work is beautiful and should be seen by all so watch it too!)

Next up, Portugal........

More Photos!

In an attempt to keep things short and sweet I'm going to barrage you with a million (or so) photos of my exhibition instead of words (this time).  Opening night photos by Kristinvjam and catalogue photos by D10PHOTO. Stay tuned for the catalogue coming out mid September! Its going to be PRETTY!

It was a great night!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening of Wooden Horses & Paper Planes last week. It was a huge success! It was so great to see everyone and chat over wine and snacks :) Thank you to those special ones for the pre- opening and install support as well..... you know who you are. I couldn't have done it without you!

I have attached some photos of the event in case you missed it, thanks to the photographic skills of Mário Sousa.  There will be more to come :) 

If you have not had a chance to see my show, Ill be at the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays. 14-18hr, until the closing party on August 11th. See you there!

Rainy Day Musings

I won’t lie to you; I don’t really like rain.  Or maybe that is an understatement. I don’t like the rain at all, as necessary as it is. I know it sounds blasphemous to say still so early in “summer” but I would trade the rain for snow any day, although I am sure the rest of Alberta might have something  different to say about it. All this rain has however been a good motivator to get photo editing done from my residencies earlier this year.  Photo editing and reminiscing. 

With the help of my awesome friend and computer guru Danna Lei (seriously: I cannot thank you enough for your expert level computer-ing), I have finally finished the documentation of Distance Measured by Time, Time Measured by Distance. This is a piece that I worked on throughout the entire residency period at Listhus in Iceland. It consisted of 27 slip cast plaster lamb hearts, each with a love letter rolled up inside. Every morning I would write a letter, cast a heart and hang it on the wall. At the end of the residency I took every plaster ‘message in a bottle’ and let them out to sea knowing fully that the plaster would disintegrate, the paper would deteriorate and the messages would never be delivered. The video and photographs exist as documentation of the 27 day performance.  Big thank you to Hólmfríður Arngrímsdóttir for the materials and studio time for this project!

I worked quite a bit with lamb hearts and mold making while I was in Iceland for conceptual and aesthetic reasons (and maybe because I just really like touching raw hearts). Anatomical hearts, specifically lamb and pig, are a reoccurring theme in some of my glass work and an interest I will definitely pursue further. For the performance Salt, I cast hearts of ice with a fishing hook frozen into them. I took my rod, hook and ‘bait’ and climbed to some secluded cliffs where I went fishing. The performance lasted as long as the ice did. Eventually the heart of ice was melted by the cold sea water, exposing the bare hook in the hopes of catching something. The video (coming soon to a computer near you!) acts as documentation of the performance, with sound editing by Bethany Younge.

In the hopes of keeping this post at a reasonable length (who am I kidding, I’m sure it’s reading as “art art art, blah ,art...), the last piece I will post is DIY Guide to Being Here. It involved northern lights projected through colored filters along the wall of the gallery with a horizontal wire sculpture below. Viewers were invited to interact with and create the piece by using hiking poles with flashlights that would project mountains onto the wall through the wire below.

I have a few more ongoing projects that I will post next time, along with my work from Finland. Here is some gloomy day music to groove to in the mean time. Thanks for having a look and a read and I hope to see you down at Studio Phi this Friday for the Black & White show. There will be a sweetC design original in the show, come in and say hi!