Laughter in the Breeze, Gallery 44, Members’ Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2015
Laughter in the Breeze
Laughter in the Breezespeaks about nature and its struggle to survive in a continually changing environment. I have been collecting specimens from the natural world for many years, on my explorations in the city, along the edge of waterways and during the time spent in the country. My specimens have been scanned and catalogued to form an image bank from which I draw to create my work.
Memory that is layered, fragmented and evolving, is a constant dynamic in my work. I work intuitively drawing on the essence of my collected specimens to evoke moments of a fragile calmness that can exist within turbulent environments.
InLaughter in the BreezeI have chosen to work with the seed head of the dandelion plant. The dandelion as a weed is often abhorred, yet if left to flower, the delicate seed head becomes a perfect sphere that eventually breaks apart and disperses to reseed elsewhere, thus continuing the cycle.
Flutter Byconsists of thirty-three species of butterflies. Butterflies live short and often fragile lives in an increasingly hostile environment yet many survive to gather and migrate great distances. This installation illustrates a pause, a moment of tranquility, within an ever-changing and demanding world.