captured

A smattering of images from a range of times.  Moments captured that held some weight.

recent endeavours

drawn

fall/winter hibernation projects

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earth repair illustrations and various commissions

a note:

Drawing by hand is predominately what I do.  I used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as tools in creating the logo and background drawings for The Calgary Permaculture Guild project.  If you are interested in viewing the finished website for the Calgary Permaculture Guild please click here: www.permaculturecalgary.org

During the fall of 2010 I was asked to create 140 individual wedding invitations for a good friend getting hitched from my childhood.  Each invitation was different.  Basically, I used whatever I could get my little art hands on: old envelopes, random pieces of paper, markers, stickers, a plethora of collage materials collected from the adventures of my life, fabrics, thread, old postcards, used brown bags, folders, photographs I had taken ... the list is infinite just as is the mind and creativity.  The only thing the invites shared in common was a stamp informing guests of pertinent event information.        

naTrophy : the people inchoate group exhibition 2012

The following is an artist statement for our first self-organized/collaborated/fundraiser project.  Denly Smyth McMann wrote this statement up. Here's to the beginning of many more of these rad functions and creative brain farts!  Long live collaboration!

artist statement

Taxidermy has a long and varied history. The original “stuffed animals” were collected as trophies of the hunt. It seems that human beings have a penchant for displaying and cataloguing the prizes of the natural world, perhaps as emblems of what they perceive as their superior cleverness and dominance over animals. Today preserved animals are housed in a variety of collections and range from the mounted deer head found on the living room wall of the weekend hunter, to the bird resting in the inventory of the university teaching collection, to the lion perpetually pouncing in the natural history museum diorama.

Collaborating since 2006, the People Inchoate is a diverse and ever-evolving group of artists formed around a core of female Alberta College of Art and Design graduates. This incarnation finds Camille Betts, Lyndsay Hinds, Maggie Jenkins, Julia Jungwirth, Renee Lazor, Ishmael Oh’Krynski, Mara Pratt, and Denly Smyth McMann ruminating on the concept of taxidermy. Each artist approaches this theme from a distinct viewpoint and expresses her meditations in the medium of her choice.

naTrophy examines taxidermy with one main constraint placed on the artists. All materials used in constructing artwork are limited to those that already pre-exist in the artists’ homes and studios with no new supplies purchased (full disclosure: rumours regarding the purchase of adhesive may be substantiated.) An effort was made to use forgotten or neglected supplies. These ‘ghost’ items have been made visible again. In this way, objects and materials that have lost their ability to be commonly desired are re-examined by the artist; with rediscovered potential, trash is transformed into trophy. What emerges from this experiment is a collection of strangely wonderful creatures pulled from the artists’ adventures and dreams. These are not your average trophies: this is a catalogue of salvaged emblems of mysterious wonderment in nature.
 

drawn loose papers and such

self-reflected

le jardin - from seed to growth

The garden's first spring, summer and fall.

le début de le jardin: the beginning of the garden

Have you ever wondered what a permablitz looks like? The following is the birth of my garden November 2010.  This could not have happened without the love and hard work of the volunteers you see in these photographs.  Seventy million thank yous go out to these people.  Thank you to Rosanne Visser who braved the cold and took photographs the entire time whilst wearing her long underwear.