"Colour Coded", an in-progress shot. 2018-2019
This is a project that I received grant funding from the Toronto Arts Council to produce. It is a series of four oil paintings that depict the process control patches, or printers blocks, found on most consumer product packaging tThese patches show the colours used in the printing process). These paintings are reproductions of the patches found on hair dye which show women of different ethnicities on the front of each package. The selection is meant to represent the diversity of my Toronto neighbourhood and Toronto-at-large.
When I began the project I wasn’t sure what the process control patches would look like for the different packages. Would they be different for each package as the patches often are? I discovered that they were all the same, which lends itself to some interesting interpretations of the work.
While the four paintings are more or less the same, they are each named after one of the four dye colours. Two examples are: Pure Diamond and Midnight Violet. You can probably guess what the women on those covers looks like.
Incomplete and Unrelated Objects.
Found and salvaged objects (brick and neon) with shelf. 2019
This work of brick and neon explores how context, contact, and
proximity affect and alter the meaning of disparate objects, giving
them symbolic coalescence.
Exponential Decay/Hope Springs Eternal
Found object (spring coil mattress). 2018
Lie Ghost for a While
X-ray, sewn ribbon, smart phone touch screen films in found frame. 2017
Lie Ghost for a While (detail)
Vertical Features Remake
Found objects (steel and bricks). Dimensions variable
Acrylic latex, dye, paper and wood on panel
Flash and polyurethane on MDF. Found Object (aluminum sheeting), velcro
The Chaos Class is on Vacation
MDF panels, flashe, varnish, found objects, wood, enamel, stainless steel, canvas and fiberboard
I'm Shy But I'll Heal
Found Object (sheet steel), enamel, and ratcheting band clamp
Infinite Screenshot (Nude Self-Portrait)