Category Archives: Fine Art

Interview

I was interviewed by the wonderful Catherine Potter. If you’d like to hear what I have to say about photography, storms, relaxing in front of the camera and cow poop, have a listen.

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115576/through-the-eyes-of-a-camera

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Because of Her, I am – Integrity versus Despair

This set of portraits is a departure from the work I normally do. I completed the photographs for Because of Her, I am – for the visual arts portion of the 2019 SkirtsAFire Festival which showed at the Nina Haggarty Art Gallery on 118th Avenue in Edmonton.

 

Integrity versus Despair: Balance

This series of self portraits originated over 25 years ago during a hypnosis session when I was called to make a choice between head and heart, art and science. I chose heart and art. At the time I was in the middle of a degree in microbiology. I committed to completing the degree, but shortly thereafter began working as a photographer. The subsequent years were devoted to my artistic practice which was interwoven with raising my family. ⁣

My photography centers heavily around the family. Both familial emotional relationships and the experiences are crucial themes in my work. Recording families lives in order to create a record of love and joy that can be later accessed by those children once they have reached adulthood is the crux of my work. ⁣

In this series, the images are an interpretation of my dream world and my visioning, which are both comprised of and illuminated by archetypal motifs and mythologies. Jungian classical themes feature heavily in these creations. The objects in the photographs are both symbolic and representative of important moments or experiences in my life. ⁣

A health crisis necessitated my looking into the heart of myself, weighing my life and my contributions to the world. Erik Erikson writes about the stages of psychosocial development, and this work is the story of the final stage, Integrity versus Despair. ⁣

 

Integrity versus Despair : You Are In Your Grandmother’s Ovary⁣

Intergenerational abandonment is a theme I have struggled with all my life. My mother left me as an infant and her mother left her. Before my boys were born, I sought counselling to ensure that I would not continue the cycle.⁣

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my first thought was for my children. I could not leave them and would do everything to stay with them. A cancer diagnosis quickly strips you of any mental surety you have about the world and I had to come to terms with the possibility of leaving my children.⁣

My counsellor (again with the counselling! more abandonment issues!) pointed out that even if I were to die, my boys would have a mother who died, which is a very different narrative than a mother who abandons.⁣

In this work to regain psychological wholeness, I had to reintegrate the spirit of my mother and the spirit of my grandmother. She is an imagined figure. All I know about her is she would have been a young adult at the end of World War 2.⁣

 

Integrity versus Despair: La Pieta

I have the least words for this photo – probably because I am so close to it emotionally. Pieta means ‘pity’ in Italian but a more accurate translation would be ‘compassion’ – which means “to suffer with”. On a personal level, it represents the feelings I have for my child who struggles with anxiety. I also worry for both my boys as they grow into adults and navigate the world. On a more collective level, I feel so much compassion for youth today. The challenges they face in their lives from climate change to mental health challenges are overwhelming. I don’t even know if there will be clean water or any water where I live 50 years from now. I support the students in their climate strike.

Integrity versus Despair : Flight⁣

This child grounds me.
This is my first full-on composite photo
All of the elements, including the birds which are right side up, even tho I am upside down have meaning.

 

Integrity versus Despair: My Sacred Heart

Everything in this portrait is symbolic both as a metaphor and as lived experience.

After I had surgery on my breast, the wound became infected and opened up. It is surreal seeing inside of your body and I felt as if I could see into the heart of myself. In that moment, I saw this picture.

We are all sacred. Each one of us carries divine light within us. We are all valuable. All necessary. (the fire in this photo is real, not photoshopped, although it is a composite so I would not light my hair on fire.) The heart I am holding is that of a deer – I have often been accused of being too sensitive, but I now know that that sensitivity saved my life.

The pink roses are life and motherhood.

The deer/stag behind me was my protector as a child when we lived on the estate at Hatch Court, near Hatch Beauchamp

The globe shows both my birthplace and the birthplace of humanity, and the journal, my journey.

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Dance Photography – Alberta

For the last 4 years, the amazing Peggy Church has organised a dance and photography workshop in central Alberta, and Kelly and I have photographed.

The entire day is spend exploring dance creatively and capturing images of it. Its a day for all of us to experiment, be creative, and play. It is always so much fun and we all walk away from it having learned something new.

Peggy as puppetmaster.
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But this is really how Peggy rolls. She is a kinethetic genius. She knows how the body works inside and out. She continually educates herself and she brings that amazing depth of knowledge to bring out the best in those she is working with. From a reminder to “lift the ribcage!” to “make your arm long. Longer, longer! That’s it.” To “perfect! you’ve got it”.

Working with Peggy is a joy.
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You can see more of Peggy here: https://www.facebook.com/Peggy-Church-Artist-759680624085554

She is a: Model, Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, Nutritional Consultant, Hypopressive method instructor and Cupping therapist.

Solar Eclipse Edmonton 2017

I still remember the solar eclipse when I was in grade 3. We had to stay inside so we didn’t all go blind. I am still mad about that.

But this time, I got to shoot the solar eclipse. It was only partial in Edmonton, but still! So excited!! (And I can get over being mad).

I got eclipse sunflair – how cool!!

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And the sun coming and going.

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Apparently you can fry your camera’s innards by shooting the sun – but these were shot between 1/3200 and 1/8000 of a second, and I did some test shots after – so hopefully its ok!! (I found that out after the fact).

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Talus Dome – Edmonton evening photography

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Storm Chaser

This beautiful shelf cloud rolled in at the end of our family’s July birthday celebration last night. We were out in the country, but this was over Edmonton.

I could be a storm chaser – but I would totally die. I stood on top of a tractor to get this shot.

 

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And just so you know, my dream job is to do an article for National Geographic.

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Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award winner – Alice Major

Alice didn’t tell me why she needed photos right away, but after I completed the job, she told me she just received the Lieutenant Governor Alberta Arts Award.

You can check out the award here.

You can find out more about Alice at her website www.alicemajor.com

She is a lovely lady, who was the City of Edmonton’s first Poet Laureate and founded the Edmonton Poetry Festival. I did not know these things when I chose the location we would be using (I chose it based on the colours she likes).

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Congratulations Alice!!!

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Lana Whiskeyjack

Artist Lana Whiskeyjack, who also happens to be my best friend, and often muse

On the banks of the South Saskachewan

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Dance Portraits

These photos were from a collaborative dance shoot in Red Deer.

These girls have been dancing for up to 9 years, and were game to try some experimental (for me!) lighting and jumping. They were fantastic models.

I love these photos. I know if my children had been working so hard at dance or a sport for so many years, I would want portraits of them in action, not just still headshots.

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#yegcanvas

I am so excited to be one of the artists in this great project.

These pieces were co-created with my amazing friend and artist, Lana Whiskeyjack. You can find her work here: www.lanawhiskeyjack.ca

Let me know if you see these on billboards around Edmonton!


http://yegarts.tumblr.com/post/134539982263/yeg-artists-make-the-city-their-gallery

 

 Devouring picikwās

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Apītaw picikwās

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