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)
The Trouble with Translation (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)
I am... ,1998
Materials: etched glass, flashing neon
Dimensions: 60 x 6 x 3/4 in.
Exhibition: Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto | Curator: Linda Book
Photo credit: Thomas Blanchard
I am... is a single capital letter 'I' cutout in ¾" glass. It measures 5'6" in height and leans against the wall. The surface is covered with text that is an alphabetical listing of adjectives such as depressed, happy, anxious, describing states of being. Reading the text, "I am...", the viewer becomes the 'I', identifying themselves with the different emotions they read, searching for the work that describes them or associating characteristics to people they know.
I am... is an investigation of subjectivity. Standing in front of the glass 'I' and reading the text becomes a self- reflective action that suggests how we see ourselves and others.
Text is about emotional descriptors, from A to Z.
For example, I am forgetful, I am hopeful, I am implacable ... and so on.