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The Waste Land

The Waste Land is a body of work that traces the haunting nature of our rejected possessions through a collaged, recycled and surreal world. 

At the heart of my work is the concept that our trash is akin to our unconscious mind. When we throw away our rubbish at the end of the week, we seal it into a black bag in an act of forgetting, wishing to never see it again. The very idea of someone else glimpsing the contents of our garbage seems incredibly intimate or invasive. My paintings are something of an act of acknowledgement toward this largely private and unexplored realm of our possessions. Even the landfills are teeming with our stuff, though we choose to disavow it. These mountains of things are a sort of accidental construction of our times, a shadow city built beside the one we live in. I wish to take a symbolic inventory of these things, to claim them as part of our lives.

The Inventory of Dreams, Oil on Canvas, 60"x84", 2014.

The Inventory of Dreams, Oil on Canvas, 60"x84", 2014.

The One That Got Away, Oil on Canvas, 38"x48", 2013.

The One That Got Away, Oil on Canvas, 38"x48", 2013.

Beautiful Losers, Oil on Canvas, 30"x40", 2014.

Beautiful Losers, Oil on Canvas, 30"x40", 2014.

Leftovers III, Oil on Canvas, 15"x15", 2014.

Leftovers III, Oil on Canvas, 15"x15", 2014.

Leftovers IV, Oil on Canvas, 15"x15", 2014.

Leftovers IV, Oil on Canvas, 15"x15", 2014.

Keepsake, Oil on Canvas, 42"x42", 2014.

Keepsake, Oil on Canvas, 42"x42", 2014.

Woodlands, Oil on Canvas, 38"x48", 2014.

Woodlands, Oil on Canvas, 38"x48", 2014.

Small Disasters, oil on panel, 15"x 15" each, 2014.

Small Disasters, oil on panel, 15"x 15" each, 2014.

Installation View, Kamloops Art Gallery

Installation View, Kamloops Art Gallery

Installation View, Kamloops Art Gallery

Installation View, Kamloops Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery

Installation View, Comox Valley Art Gallery