STARRY NIGHT: One of my masks and skeletons shot on an abandoned warehouse wall and then coloured digitally, so it is a hybrid in the CONSTRUCTION series. Just as I am attracted to and respond to primarily car parts when making my pieces, I am attracted to surfaces in our world such as this background wall that reflects years of wear and nature’s glacial work of returning its components to dust. Setting up a CONSTRUCTION in the outside world is difficult. First, I’m used to using a shipping container to work in where I can use magnets to arrange almost everything (some car parts are aluminum–where is an aluminum magnet?), so I have to bring fishing line, nails, tape, sticky stuff with me on the scooter when on go for a “shoot”. Secondly, I like the challenge of using surfaces that I don’t control, like the aged metal surface I wanted to use that had a little spilled white paint on it, etc. All of this takes time and Fort Erie, where I live, seldom has extended periods of calm weather. The mask, LEOPARD, is made of aluminum valve bodies from an automatic transmission which have been extensively altered. While I’m not a big fan of digitally altering images, this time I just wanted the image to feel like it was night so that the dings in the wall looked like stars.