Yup, we built an outhouse!
The students at Aden Bowman were invited to participate in this year's YXE Nuit Blanche Celebration.
Here is our artist's statement for the project!
Every day dozens of students at our school, Aden Bowman Collegiate, make a trek to the stores across the street to buy drinks in Styrofoam cups (Polar Pops) as well as slices of Pizza that are packaged in Paper Boxes. Finding these one-use cups and boxes in the garbage cans around the school inspired our team to consider alternative uses for them.
We are interested in waste and are worried about it as well. We are curious about how our student population feels about the waste that they produce as part of their daily food consumption. We are unsure if our student body even understands the amount of waste they are producing each day when they choose slushies, pop and pizza as their foods of choice. We want to know if they are as concerned as we are. We plan to build a structure that will help students as well as the general public visualize the amount of waste that is produced through their daily use of one-use containers; in so doing, we hope our student body as well as the public will be able to see how much garbage they produce and perhaps, as a result even change some of their habits.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Demmit Alberta to spend some time amongst artists, dreamers and builders. Sleeping in tents, eating outside, building straw bale as well as post & beam buildings was pretty dreamy.
I had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks this sping at the Banff Center, I took part in a Thematic Artist's Residency there from April 21st to May 30th. Peter Von Tiesenhausen was the Residency leader. I will soon be posting images of this installation-in-process under "On Tenter Hooks" in the image gallery.
I have a few works for sale at Art Placement in Saskatoon this December.
You can see them here:
I also have a work that is up for grabs in the AKA/Tribe Red and White Art Draw.
There is more information about that event here:
Read Bart Gazzola's great write-up about our studio visit and/or watch the video below to watch me talk about the direction in which my art pracitce has been going lately.
I did a lot of traveling this summer. Upon my return, I was pleased to discover that I was selected to be one of the mentors in this year's CARFAC Mentorship Program. I have been paired with Terri FIdelak who was nominated for the Emerging Artist Award in this year's SK LG Arts Awards. I think it's a great match. I am really looking forward to working with Terri and with the other artists in the program.
My students worked hard and created a successful installation. It's colourful, unusual, eye-catching and fun. We've already had a great response from the public.