'Innocent Flame' refers to the inner child. The show featured work from my travels throughout the Pender Islands collecting drawings from over a hundred adult residents of what they were preoccupied with/used to draw as children. The show itself invited the co-creation of the visitor’s inner child with interactive "living" engagement sculptures at the installation. When people touched the work many of them even gasped at the experience.
Sponsored by Pender Islands Home Hardware Building Centre.
'Some Things Can Only Be Felt' was an interactive wall sculpture that welcomed people to touch it in order to experience nostalgic artifacts from childhood.
Without revealing to people what they were touching, I asked them to feel with their left and draw on the corresponding surface with their right hand. Resulting in a work that revealed the following:
- No two people translated their experience in the same way
- Some people defined (drew) an exact duplicate of what was there, but were unable to name it
- The difficulty of releasing judgment from ones output was a struggle for many
Taking that two days of layers and placing it onto scenes in my everyday reality would require an infinite ability to comprehend the vastness of experience we share simultaneously. It occurred to me that as limiting as it may be, it is somewhat necessary to agree on experience in order for us to organize ourselves in an evolutionary manner; that the chaos of undefined things can be counterproductive when we need those definitions in order to categorize things to pursue a collective goal. I hypothesize that this is why we like people who agree with us - they want to evolve the same way we do. This also provides me with greater appreciation for those who see things differently and are brave enough to critique society, as they risk being outcast from the tribe and having to fend for themselves and potentially not procreate.
Last, but not least, I was happy that I was able to create something that facilitated people with no visual impairments understanding of what it is like to be blind.
The fawn of 'Cover/Uncover' symbolizes the inner child - inviting visitors to be present with their inner child in the moment and either cover it, to protect it (leaf me alone), or to uncover it, so that their inner child can experience the moment more fully.
In Your Hands was a living sculpture that organically evolved with time and the participation of other artists - that is - our community. It engaged the community to create public art by adorning the hands (the sculpture) with items from the shoreline, to remind us that the future of our waters and climate is in our hands. An artist talk was also given for this work through Art Mania BC.
Sponsored by West Vancouver Community Foundation, The Hamber Foundation, British Pacific Properties, The City of West Vancouver, The Province of British Columbia, and The British Columbia Arts Council.