Tailes - Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013

Tailes - Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

Photo: courtesy of Ben Roffelsen

Tailes - Nuit Blanche 2013

Tailes - Nuit Blanche 2013

Title: Tailes

Medium: Electro Luminescent Wire, 500meters in each

Size: 1m x 4m x 2m

Photo: courtesy of Ben Roffelsen

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro - A Calligraphic Journey between light and dark

Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term that describes the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in pictorial representation. The term comes from the combination of the Italian words for light (chiaro) and dark (scuro). I use the term Chiaroscuro as a metaphor to symbolize the beauty and the subversive power of the human mind.  Life is never black or white but rather somewhere in between with a multitude of potential meanings and interpretations. I am fascinated by the “in between” and the variations in meaning that arise from contrasts. This, to me, is Chiaroscuro.  Using calligraphy, this collection of works explores the beauty and simplicity of script while making an ironic commentary on romanticized ideals. With a sense that language is mutable, I take famous texts out of context and contrast them by weaving them with another idea in order to appropriate, re-contextualize, re-invent and question their original meaning. The fluid and graceful characters of opposing texts are partially revealed and then concealed beneath the woven canvas, as if shimmering and floating. This approach is a reflection of my meditative and thoughtful process of alternating confirmation and disavowal. Binary opposites such as light/dark, revelation/secrecy,words/silence, horizontal/vertical, and feeling/thinking provide rich possibilities that allow me to examine the fluidity of meaning between language and thought. 

The Dragon

The Dragon

Size: 4' x 8' x 2', 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.6m

Medium: Wood, Paint, Electric Drill, Extension Chord, Electrical Outlet

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning.

The Dragon

The Dragon

Size: 4' x 8' x 2', 1.2m x 2.4m x 0.6m

Medium: Wood, Paint, Electric Drill, Extension Chord, Electrical Outlet

Weaving, the interlacing of distinct elements into a complex whole, has long been considered to be a metaphor for storytelling. In my art, I explore contrasting and opposing forces working together harmoniously. Traditionally a feminine craft, weaving is juxtaposed with the masculine aspect of building architectural forms. The merging of these two forces creates a visual and symbolic interplay of harmony and tension; the masculine and feminine lines are intertwined and blurred, and objects take on a different meaning.

Pandora

Pandora

"Impenetrable Beauty is a collection of work that explores the quest of inner truth within our narcissistic society.  Objects of desire rarely fulfill the illusion that they promise. As a result, repressed desires manifest themselves in the subconscious through dreams, thoughts, imagery and instincts that are both beautiful and terrifying.”