I live in Kingston, Ontario. Mostly, I’m a sculptor using car parts and car generated patterns.
This video was shot at Flying Pony Gallery in Toronto and is courtesy of Green Majority Radio www.greenmajority.ca
These masks are sculptural gesture drawings. By gesture I mean direct, without over-thinking. That doesn’t mean they are quick–that flash of response saying this mask wants to have, for instance, a thinner exhaust pipe section requires cutting, bending and welding. Even when that alteration is complete, another may be needed–it may still not feel right. This face wants to be brought into the world and I have to be midwife with an angle grinder and a MIG welder.
I work by response and not pre-conceived ideas. These car parts and shovels speak to me—if they stop speaking, I put them away until I find their voice again.
We’ve lost our landscapes to cars. There are too many of them. We need to wake up and see what we’ve done. Also, cars get junked at an incredible rate so there are lots of parts for me to work with.