selected works from 1985-2009
Sometimes I like a happy ending; sometimes I like a sad ending (2009)
random objects random thoughts (2009)
Signs of Life: an intimate portrait of someone I don't know (2008)
Le stade du Miroir (2003)
you are on my mind (2003)
Family Album (2002)
between two points (2001)
Doing Time (2000)
Staging Memory (2000)
I should have, I could have, I would have... ...if only (1998)
I am ... (1998)
The Veiled Room (1998)
Projections for the Unseeing (1997)
A Portable Viewing Station for Anxious Travelers (1994)
In Memoriam Forgetting and Remembering Fragments of History (1993)
Measure of the Man (1992)
Fragments for a Story (1991)
Search for Definition (1991)
Isn't your/my mother beautiful? (1990)
Neon for j.e. atkinson (1990)
My lips are sealed (1989)
Contradictions and Possibilities (1988)
In the room (1987)
Hide and Seek (1985)
Back to Back (1985)
Family Album, 2002
Materials: DVD projection, cyclorama made of wood, masonite, paint
Dimensions: 10 x 14 x 10 ft.
Exhibition: The Red Head Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Photo credit: Isaac Applebaum.
Drawing from both the banality of everyday life and an artistic practice, Family Album is a video installation that physically encompasses the gallery space. Through random visual sequences, Family Album is an impressionistic representation of the 'residue' of experiences and 'stuff' of our lives.
A family album, as an object, charts one facet of our reality; in short, those events of celebration or remembrance. Family Album, as an exhibition, poses a paradox between the fictional space of video and a physical space of the body. Here, the viewer is confronted with a shifting perceptual experience of typically real experiences of family dinners, holidays, conversations. Coupled with the structure of a cyclorama, the video begins to question this so-called notion of reality. The installation becomes an optical illusion both through narrative content and actual experience, creating a space where it is difficult to determine what is tangible. Family Album is a disorientation. Through being some place and no place at the same time, the work contemplates the instability of reality.