Time for a refresh!
Thanks to a generous research and creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, I am excited to share my development over the last 1.5 years with this new project, tentatively titled Wrought.
In the winter of 2022 I connected with the Ghost Gear Fund, a federally funded program led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada which is committed to reducing plastics in our oceans. I created a partnership with one of their organizations funded to collect ghost gear; Through Merinov I was gifted with an enormous supply of retrieved rope from the Magdalen Islands. I want to thank Marie-Éve Clark and Merinov for their continued support of this project.
Re-using rope or ‘ghost rope’ that has been retrieved after being discarded at sea, and transforming it into organically shaped, anthropomorphized objects, this body of work addresses consumerism and its consequences on our ocean’s health — and thereby, our own — perhaps opening a dialogue about humans’ impact on the Earth’s climate and natural ecosystems.
This work has already been included in a group exhibition at the lovely The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum this fall. It is slated for a solo exhibition at the ARTSPLACE Gallery in Annapolis Royale, Nova Scotia in February 2024 and is the basis for a residency/exhibition in the spring of 2024 at the AdMare, Centre d'artistes en art actuel des Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
I acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
“ Capture fragile and fleeting moments in our ecological history"
“Small Adjustments” is an article featured in COLLECT published in The Site Magazine's Deviant Devices pamphlet series, Volume 40.2. Written by Miriam Ho and based on work and images by Sandra Smirle.
you can read it here:
The Dollhouse at the End of the World
Incubator for Phantom Pregnancies (IFPP)
Winter showcase December 20, 2019 to January 24, 2020
Opening reception on December 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
As half of the world is burning and the other half is under water, as people around the world are uprooted by effects of man-made climate change, war and increasingly extremist governing, the Dollhouse at the End of the World confronts this complex moment of deconstruction to address the chaotic, nonsensical worldwide choreography that we are collectively performing. The installation tackles the state of the world today – teetering on the brink of 2 minutes to midnight and environmental apocalypse – through collecting and combining the five artists’ practices and materials of work to give birth to a recombined ominous aesthetic.
Winter Island Exhibition
180 Shaw St. Toronto
OPENING RECEPTION: AUGUST 1st, 2019, 6 - 8PM
Exhibition Runs: July 29 - August 19
Featuring artists Alison Rowe, Sandra Smirle, Brendan George Ko and Addae Nurse will showcase works inspired by, and created during Artscape Gibraltar Point’s Winter Island Artist Residency program.
February 2019 Winter Island residency:
My aim during the 28-day residency was to integrate outdoor and in-studio explorations within a multi-disciplinary approach. Disengaged from the virtual bombardment of urban noise, I endeavoured to zero in on and draw out my relationships with weather & climate, disintegration & pollution, boundary, location and journey – as manifested through a series of walks, both solitary and with others.
Two public workshops offered an opportunity to share in the experience of aerial mapping, using both a kite and a balloon. My intent was to offer a visual snapshot on a shoreline-as-timeline which might serve as a public measure or mark for future documentation/reference.
The work in this gallery contains all the plastics I repurposed from the inevitable, ubiquitous shoreline debris collected during my stay at Gibraltar Point. Sadly, I leave behind a kite and a GoPro claimed by the icy, turbulent lake. Despite concerted efforts by visiting artists and local community members, we have so far been unable to recover either device, now persisting as so much hazardous junk. Given that this project was conceived in part as a recognition of the often voluminous waste material generated by making artwork, the irony of my misadventure is not lost on me.
Stellar Baby @Loop Gallery
A new series of work, Stellar Baby is opening March 31st at Loop Gallery.
Using video, photo, paper cutting and sculpture this work continues to explore notions of seeing and being seen. My gaze has shifted from a macro-picture to a micro-view — a place, in every sense, closer to home. As living and maturing in a rapidly changing world sends us pinging from pressure point to tension to perplexity, the need to grab hold and monitor the (domestic) situation seems like a natural response. This is surveillance in an older sense of watching over, or guardianship.
March 31-April 22, 2018
Opening Reception: March 31, 2-5 PM
1273 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1X8
Gallery Hours: Wed-Thu 12-5PM, Fri-Sat 12-6 PM, and Sun, 1-4PM.
String Theory @Warren G Flowers
String Theory, Potential Probabilities is being remounted at Dawson College in Montréal in the Warren G Flowers Gallery. An 18' panoramic paper cutting and 2 vitrines installations are being added. Stay tuned for new images.
March 22nd - April 7th
Opening Reception March 22nd 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Dawson College, 4001 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec H3Z 3G4
Monday to Friday 9am-9pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Incubator for Phantom Pregnancies [IFPP]
IFPP collective launched in the summer of 2017 with it's inaugral exhibition SOFT LAUNCH. We recently spent a week in residency at @ymunogallery collaborating on a multimedia installation THE DOLLHOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and performed in it during Montréal's Nuit Blanche.
Follow along on our adventures @ifppcollective
now showing at Loop Gallery
1273 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Wed - Sun 12 - 5pm, Sunday 1 - 4pm or by appointment
Dec. 6 -28, 2014
Reception: Saturday Dec.6, 2 - 5 pm.
Guided visit Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 - 3 pm.
with artists Libby Hague and Sandra Smirle
The very function of locating something as fragile, elusive and multidimensional as a quantum particle is enough to cause its infinite simultaneous possibilities to collapse. Ditto surveying the Arctic – a place where documenting the present will redefine past and future…
String Theory allows for probability to take the place of self-defeating measurement. Like a kite connected by an invisible wavelength, we imagine the potential.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to participate in a residency aboard a 120’ tall ship sailing the waters of an Arctic archipelago just 10 degrees from the North Pole. Traveling to such a remote location as Longyearbyen in Svalbard, the site of renowned historical explorations, offered a unique opportunity to work in a stark and seldom-seen landscape. Drawing on research material from this residency, this multidisciplinary work offers the viewer a unique, panoramic view of a partly real, partly imaginary Arctic land-and seascape of converging and diverging images. Given the insufficiency and inherent fallibility of historical surveying in the Arctic, it might represent a narrative of something, or somewhere that never was.
TEST FLIGHT #1: to test Arctic like weather conditions for visibility and recording in preparation for the June 2014 Arctic Circle Residency Expedition in the international territory of Svalbard, an arctic archipelago 10º latitude from the north pole.
Flying a 5' balloon - 800 ft in the air with 100 lbs of helium.
These projects were generously funded by: http://hexagramciam.org/