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  Context is Everything  
     
 

 

Artist Statement

 

Photo Credit: Trint Thomas

Context is everything; each moment, each decision and each relationship we have in our lives, all the experiences we have had, come together and affect how we respond to stimuli. This project merges the floraof the prairie landscape and the characteristic of judging people and events and circumstances too quickly without using our prior knowledge and insights. 
It touches the soul of any person that has ever been judged on any level, for their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, abilities, body shape and size, even what fashion they are wearing.  

Using the simple weed found in the ditch is the impetus for this exhibition. I encourage people to take another look, to not just swipe left or right,but rather consider the person or moments more deeply. Weeds can be beautiful, can be a source of nutritional value, and possibly even have medicinalproperties.  What makes a weed a weed and not a flower, when is one preferred over the other? In some locations, what is considered a weed is a flower in another context.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “a weed is a plant whose virtues haven’t been discovered yet”. If humans took more time to get to know others would they be less racist, more understanding and less prone to generalizations. When do people become weeds? What makes us decide when a person is a weed?

Plants become weeds when they obstruct our plans, or our tidy maps of the world. A weed is “a plant in the wrong place.” Richard Mabey

 

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WorksFest Edmonton
2020

My dandelions bloom perpetually, mementos of the growing season, springing from concrete and tile, indoors and out. The dandelion is a silent protest that is heard worldwide on sidewalks, in parks and gardens. It abhors monoculture, is open to differences and challenges stereotypes. It can be a symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and surviving through all life’s difficulties as it shows us how to be strong in the face of adversity. The dandelion thrives in difficult conditions, surviving the challenges imposed by humanity and emerging victorious on the other side. Context is Everything.

 

 

WorksFest Edmonton - Link to various Installations

Estevan Art Gallery and Museum
2020-21

Previous Exhibitions

 

Vancouver - Seymour Art Gallery 2021
Vancouver - Crafted Vancovuer 2021
Vancouver - The Gallery George 2021
Saskatoon - DTNYXE - 2021
Estevan Gallery and Museum - Estevan, SK 2020
Royal Alberta Museum - Permanent Collection - added 2020
Edmonton Works Fest, Edmonton, AB 2020
SGCI - Boston Printmakers - Flat File - 2019 (Cancelled due to Covid 19)
Guelph Museums, Art Activism and Truth, Guelph, ON - 2019
The Ladies Room, Jen Tough Gallery, San Francisco, CA - 2019
Museum of Printing (with Boston Printmakers), Haverill, MA - 2019
#bejane, Vienna, Austria - 2019
Breaching Margins, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, USA - 2019
Crafted Vancouver, On the Same Page: Transforming Paper - Cityscape Arts Centre - North Vancouver- 2019
Print in Place - Gallery Steel Rooms, Briggs, North Lincolnshire, UK 2019
Leighton Arts Centre, Calgary, AB - 2019
Southern Graphics Council International (with Boston Printmakers), Dallas TX - 2019
Women's Art Museum of Canada- Edmonton, AB - 2018
Dimensions Touring Exhibition, Saskatchewan Craft Council, 2017-18

City Hall

 

 

Edmonton Tower

 

Alley of Light

 

Melcor

 

Video

 

Downtown Saskatoon DTNYXE 2021

 

 

 

 

Humboldt Museum and Art Gallery

 

#bejane Installation - Jane Goodall Institute - Vienna, Austria -
on the occasion of her 85th birthday



#bejane Installation - Jane Goodall Institute - Vienna, Austria -
on the occasion of her 85th birthday

2019

Crafted Vancouver Installation 2019 - Cityscape Arts Centre -
North Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

Critical Pieces

Light Installation Edmonton Alberta

Breaching the Margins - Urban Institute of Contemporary Art -
Grand Rapids Michigan 2019

Installation Guelph Musuems
2019

Photo Credit Sarah Ball

Critical Pieces - Handwoven Rugs

 

The dandelion is the symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and surviving through all life’s challenges and difficulties.  Since the dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above adversity.  Most modern admirers consider it a symbol of fighting through the challenges of life and emerging victorious on the other side. Others use it as a visual reminder of the sun’s power, especially when depression or grief make it hard to stay sunny. The dandelion flower’s message is to not give up, even if those around you keep trying to get rid of you. Stick it out and remember the cheerfulness of a sunny summer’s day when things seem bleak or dark.  I believe we all need a paper dandelion somewhere in our home to remind us that we are strong and can grow in spite of adversity.  http://www.flowermeaning.com/dandelion-flower-meaning/

 

Leighton Art Centre

Installation - Calgary, AB, Canada

2018

 

 

 

 

Paper Dandelions

 

 

 

Some of the paper dandelions are part of the

Royal Alberta Museum Collection

acquired during the 2020 pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Critical Pieces

Ink on Vellum
linocut
60 x 24"

 

Humans use disparaging and derogatory self-talk and negative internal conversation, to describe what they look like or what they do. We can be hypercritical if we yield to society standards that are constantly presented to us by perpetually changing media and advertising.  We are comprised of all the perceived negative and positive aspects that are presented to the world. Each person is essential and valued in other people’s lives.

 
 

 

VIDEO Link

 
     
 

Western Goat's Beard Seed Artwork

 

 

 

Goat's Beard on Paper
30 x 24"

Photo Credit Grant Kernan

 

 

Prints in the Series

 

Take Off

Linocut on Paper

12 x 10"

Collection of Boston Public Library

 

As Good as Gold
Ink and gold leaf on BFK
Linocut
12 x 10"
2018

Touched with Gold - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut -
19 x 21cm, 30 x 25 paper

Strong Start - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut -
20 x 20cm 26 x 20 paper

Flight
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018


Flight
- detail
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018

Blatant Abundance - Verdict on a Dandelion
Printing Ink and typewriter ink on Various Papers
Silkscreen
10 x 8"
2018

Poem by Lorraine Beardsworth - with permission

if your golden crowns bloomed once in thirty years
we would indulge you with moist loam
lace-filtered light


we would savour the freshness of spring greens
gather blossoms for dinner wines
delicate bouquets
we would glaze long roots with honey
treasure hope in feathered kernels


for your crime of blatant abundance
we sentence you to death
by plow or poison

In Spite of it All - Thread and ink on BFK Rives Paper - Handstitched Linocut - 30 x 15.5 cm, 35 x 15.5 cm paper

Sneaking Away
Thread and Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018


Watching
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201816 x 14", 41 x 36cm

Abundnce
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
11 x 6.5, 28 x 17cm
2018

Standing Together
Ink and Thread on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 64cm

Filling in the Spaces
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Edges
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
2018

15.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 

Lines of Yellow
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815 x 34", 38 x 86cm

 

Life on the Wind
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 

 

Faded Blooms
T Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
12 x 11"
2018

Anticipation
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Crowded Corner
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
11 x 6.5, 28 x 17cm
2018

Crowded Out
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Drifting
Ink on Paper
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

Edges
Ink on Stonehenge
Linocut
201815.25 x 25", 38 x 33cm

 



atant Abundance 1
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
50 x 38"

 

Blatant Abundance 2
Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
50 x 38"
2018
2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Wish - Napkins

 
     
     
     

 

Paper Dandelions

Paper Dandelions
Ink on Various Paper
Silkscreen and Linocut

 

 

The dandelion is the symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and surviving through all life’s challenges and difficulties.  Since the dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it is no wonder that people say the flower symbolizes the ability to rise above adversity.  Most modern admirers consider it a symbol of fighting through the challenges of life and emerging victorious on the other side. Others use it as a visual reminder of the sun’s power, especially when depression or grief make it hard to stay sunny. The dandelion flower’s message is to not give up, even if those around you keep trying to get rid of you. Stick it out and remember the cheerfulness of a sunny summer’s day when things seem bleak or dark.  I believe we all need a paper dandelion somewhere in our home to remind us that we are strong and can grow in spite of adversity.  http://www.flowermeaning.com/dandelion-flower-meaning/