Day Dreaming Devices

I've been dreaming up a new project that combines my love of paper engineering and post-production animation techniques. With funding from the Canada Council, I'll be researching this work and answering material, technical, conceptual and performance related questions in order to prepare me for production.

This is what (I think) I know. The list of what I'm sure I do not know is much longer.

1. There are three layers. The sky, the device(s), and the space behind the eyes.

2. There is an operator. We see their hands manipulate the device. They are skilled. We see a visual impression of their mind's-eye.

3. There are many devices. 50? 100? Too many to keep track of. They are all visually similar, yet different. They are modular. They are like words in a spell - their selection and order of sequence produce different results.

4. They appear to change their environment. (The sky? The clouds?). They subtract it, rotate, add to it. Like Boolean operations. The clouds drift back without consequence.

5. There is rhythm. There is repetition. There is speed mixed with long rests.

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Canadian Art Article

I was featured as one of 10 artists for a spotlight written by Sam Cotter in the Spring 2017 issue of Canadian Art Magazine. Check out the article here!


Speaking Tour: Fredericton

My final destination on the speaking tour was Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. I had never flown on such a little plane before!


It was a great experience to see more of Canada during this speaking tour, and to learn of the various opportunities for artists to show and make work across the country. The experience of repeatedly speaking about previous work and the feedback I got from my audience has urged me to make new work. I started dreaming up a new project while on the trip, something I've continued upon my return, and will likely post about shortly.

Speaking Tour: Calgary

I returned to the Banff Centre from my brief two-day visit to Saskatchewan and got to attend Open Studios and see the mostly finished work of the artists in residence.

I presented another artist talk at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and then caught a flight home to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Talk: University of Saskatchewan

I was invited to visit the University of Saskatchewan, and presented my work while taking in the small but charming city of Saskatoon.


Speaking Tour: Banff

It felt amazing to be back at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, seeing it this Winter was a refreshing change from the two months I had spent there last summer. I was invited to speak about my work, and served as a instructor for the artists in residence, with whom I met with for studio visits.

I began to dream up a new project since traveling, and while at the Banff Centre I spent a time reading in the library or planning in my sketchbook for the new work.


Speaking Tour: Gatineau

The second stop on the speaking tour was Ottawa. Here I checked out the National Gallery and met the board members of the Hnatyshyn foundation, who helped make this award possible.

I gave a talk at AXENE07, and became a member by purchasing a pair of their wool socks (the artist run centre used to be a wool factory).

I visited The Canadian Museum of Nature... spent a long time with the beetles, bones and minerals. 

I also checked out the Carleton University Art Gallery, featuring a photo show of the work of David Ofori Zapparoli and Yannick Anton. Also at the gallery was a show on of Wartime Manufacturing and Women Workers.


I had brought my witch hat with me on this trip, but for some reason it mainly stayed in the hotel rooms. Next stop on the trip was Banff, Alberta!


Speaking Tour: Montreal

I had a great time in Montreal as the first stop on this speaking tour!

I started off with a visit to Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal to see three exhibitions. Emanuel Licha: "Now Have a Look at This Machine", Teresa Margolles: "Mundos" and then work from the collection titled For time is the longest distance between two places: Pictures for an Exhibition.

I also checked out work at Regroupement Pied Carré, The Belgo Building, and DHC/ART Fondation pour l'art contemporain.

I also had an amazing visit to the Redpath Museum

On March 10th I had a talk at Concordia University, and checked out the FOFA gallery afterwords.

I had an amazing meeting and tour with the team at Oboro. I also got to have a meeting with Allison Collins from the Western Front in Vancouver who was visiting. The current exhibition at Oboro was Tomorrow People with work by Skawennati, a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) artist.

I spent my free time exploring with my Montreal friends who introduced me to their favorite restaurants, coffee shops, markets and bagel stores!

Now I am off to Gatineau / Ottawa in the middle of a blizzard, good thing I am taking the train!

Halifax → Montreal

I left Halifax early this morning for my flight to Montreal! I'll be speaking at Concordia University at 4pm March 10 (tomorrow) at the VA building on campus.

Speaking Tour

I am about to start a three week speaking tour! A program organized by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in partnership with the Hnatyshyn Foundation and funded through the support of the Harrison McCain Foundation.

I will be speaking at the following locations:

March 10 - Concordia University, Montreal

March 15 - AXENÉO7, Gatineau

March 21 - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff

March 30 - Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary

April 9 - Beaverbrook Gallery, Fredericton

I am so excited to be an ambassador for this award and to travel to cities across Canada speaking about my work and this program. It is an incredible opportunity for professional development and career building.

Eyes on shapes

I was rooting through backup hard-drives this weekend and came across a project from my Shape Grammars course from MIT with professor Terry Knight. I made a book where each page was a different view point from the points of symmetries of a shape within another shape. We get to see the perspective of a shape looking outward at its container, as well as the perspective of a shape looking inwards at its contents. These are some screen captures from the process, the book had a page with the view from each camera, one book for each shape.

Opening: How do you Know

Friday 13 January at 6pm

How Do You Know questions the idea of authority associated with masculinity, objectivity and empiricism. Emerging Halifax based artists Angela Glanzmann, Sam Kinsley and Anne Macmillan question the portrayal of truth through experiential perspectives.

Curated by Becky Welter-Nolan

HERMES 5682 North St. Halifax, NS
Saturdays & Sundays, 12-6PM

HERMES is an artist co-operative managed by Katie Belcher, Peter Dykhuis, Eryn Foster, and Jamie MacLellan. For a full list of our artists, see our website.

Shifting Gardens

Here are some images of my process that I've been working through. It involves recording audio of my footsteps as I walk, then listening to the recording to inspire writing. I use as many words as there are footsteps. This determines a structure for the animation that unfolds in sync with the audio. The words are placed in containers that continuously shift as the sentence is revealed in sequence. Images for the containers are traced shapes from French garden plans.

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Today is October 18, 2016. Fourty two years ago on the day, writer George Perec sat in the cafes and benches of Place Saint-Sulpice and tried to take note of everything that he saw. These notes, taken over three days would become the book An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.

Today I visited Saint-Sulpice. I sat where Perec could have sat, or certainly where I would have been seen by him. I walked through Rue Saint-Sulpice recording audio of my footsteps while I simultaneously tried to take note of everything that passed by me, and that I passed by.

The weather was similar to how he described it in 1974, "dry cold. grey sky. some sunny spells."

Musée des arts et métiers

I loved the various geometric creations I discovered in this odd museum of engineering, science, technology and craft artifacts.

Feeling inspired

I love the mood in these works. They are dark, mysterious, calculated, and dreamy. I wanted to keep them close to me as I work towards a new project.

Musée national du Moyen Âge

I simply love this series. The Lady and the Unicorn. The animals and gardens that flatten the image, the islands that contain this narrative, the colours, the expressions of the characters, the gestures. So lucky to have spent a good amount of time with them today at the Musée national du Moyen Âge.

Storyboards - empty containers

Thinking about viewing these simple shapes as switching between perspective and parallel views. They may try to combat their emptiness by continually rearranging and subdividing themselves.

Banff Centre Article

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity posted an article about the recent two month residency that I was awarded called the Emerging Atlantic Artist in Residence. Check out the article written by Devon Murphy here:

I am almost done re-working parts of the animation that I had made while there. I carved out some visual rules for this work, a limited colour scheme, fills and strokes, working within frames and basic camera movements. I'm wondering about this specific visual language that I normally see associated with infographics and explainer videos.

The work is a narrative to thread together characters from an ecosystem specific to that region. I focused on Physalla Johnsoni, the endangered snail that lives only at the thermal springs on Sulphur Mountain in Banff.




Image credit goes to Dr. Dwayne A.W. Lepitzki, who is the lead researcher on Physella Johnsoni. He was kind enough to provide me with invaluable information as well as let me observe his work for reference for my animation.

Image credit goes to Dr. Dwayne A.W. Lepitzki, who is the lead researcher on Physella Johnsoni. He was kind enough to provide me with invaluable information as well as let me observe his work for reference for my animation.

This is one drawing from a series where I traced the posture of the researcher of the snail as he worked counting each of the snails individually. These drawings feature in the animation I made, This Place, 2016

This is one drawing from a series where I traced the posture of the researcher of the snail as he worked counting each of the snails individually. These drawings feature in the animation I made, This Place, 2016