Le boulevard, the Vieux Presbytère, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Québec, 2005
My current art activity continues my long time inquiry into the location of the private individual self in the public social fabric. Starting in 1989, this reflection was present in several site-specific installation works employing the architectural structure and its windows to explore passages between interior and exterior spaces. My early 1990’s writing and visual works interrogated individual and private notions of place based on my Franco-American origin. In 1996, an installation work in an apartment kitchen considered the possibility of reading domestic space as a semi-permeable membrane in which art objects, familiar associations, and site-specific meanings blurred the demarcations of private and public space.
My project, entitled Le boulevard, addresses the natural and built environment as an extension of the individual in a space of the commons. Like a garden, the young, shade-bearing trees depicted in this project are a constructed milieu. This place along the boulevard, where nature and artifice become more and more indistinct, is being represented for the potential it holds to the passer-by. My ongoing series of photographs, drawings and notations considers the passage of time and presents an intimacy in the public space of the boulevard as an open-ended phenomenon of self and other.
275 Bank Street, several drawings presented at street level, Ottawa, Ontario, April 2006
Moving Along, prepared for Once Removed, Gjennifer Snider curator, Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, Ontario, 2006
Once Removed – a group exhibition on silence: paper-based remains and hereafters, curated by Gjennifer Snider
Once Removed studies the objectification of lingering silences. Exclusive to paper-based works in sculpture, printmaking, drawing and installation, the material exemplifies the disposition of the theme in its temporality and inherent condition of fragility… silence. Making the most of their familiarity, the artists present works that intersect the relationship between that which has been removed and its revisitation, endeavoring in some cases to reconstruct. … Once Removed seeks to identify a recessed dimension or ephemeral interval between an action and its new manifestation; a pause for awareness before that meaning once removed is moved once more.