This ongoing series of works explores portals and "thin places" that allow us to enter a space in which we can begin to perceive the intelligence and language patterns of other beings in the natural world. These works question human attempts to control or anthropomorphize our shared environment and offer glimpses into the possibilities and wonder that can result from a true experiential relationship with the world around us.
Current works include found-object sculptures, and "living" lumen photographs.
Paper Wasp Vending Machine
Found Object Assemblage
For raising educated wasps. With text from the Public School Grammar Textbook, 1886, Shakespeare’s Richard II, and the book of Genesis.
Paper Wasp Vending Machine detail
Paper Wasp Vending Machine in the wild.
Found object assemblage with antique glove, soil, antique hardware drawer, threads, drinking straw and maple-tree seedling
Paper coffee filters with Ogham Rune Stone, Hornet Nest, and Human Hair.
Ogham Rune Stone
Ancient Irish writing system carved into stones. This stone was carved by artist, Rachel Adeline Holmes and given to me as a gift.
I am on a quest to capture the language of time and light in the natural world. To do this, I place fogged photographic paper in natural spaces and wait for it to expose in the sunlight. No camera or developing chemicals are used. Unlike other lumen photos, no plants are cut or uprooted.
Images are exposed, then scanned.
Many of these images are exposed through scientific glass.
Each paper sample differs in the colours that emerge. Some papers are truly black and white. Others reveal colours like yellow, orange and purple.
Environmental Installation in Hampton Park, Ottawa
Memorial to the lost ash trees of Canatara in Sarnia's largest park.