Untitled Community
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Untitled Community (2008)

Contractors: M.C.Delandes
Site photos: Scott Stephens
All other photos: William Eakin

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I'm #2 (2008)

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Images 1-6: Hooley's Pub on Elgin St., Ottawa
Images 7-8: The Manx, also on Elgin St. in Ottawa


Downproofing Thru Life
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Fuck'n'Buck (2004/05)

The series Fuck 'n' Buck arose from an examination of conflicting single lesbian desires. The fear of being alone forever battling the fear of developing a new relationship. The Penthouse and Playboy centerfold images being a stereotypical "quick fix" to a single lesbians yearnings. While these images appear to be the perfect stopgap, they quickly prove themselves to be otherwise. An image constructed to be fantasy, quickly unveils it's self to be much less than the viewer had hoped for.

Intentionally to be painted in a line drawing format and increased 1000% in size, the reconstituted image quickly exposes how little a sexy centerfold has to offer. The images are shockingly large, forcing the viewer to step backwards. The colours, evocative of child's play, are so bright that they make it difficult for the viewer to remain up close to the work. These elements propel the viewer backward where they must make a conscious choice to view the work. Therein lies the dilemma of every relationship, "should I stay or should I go?" The viewer is given a moment to reconsider their motivation. Should they choose to view the piece, they are faced with the following decision: enjoy its oddity or reject it on the basis of unsightliness. Should they choose to avoid the piece, they are faced with wondering what it was they might have missed.


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Self De-fence Handbags (Ongoing)

 


When You Wish upon a Star

When You Wish upon a Star (2005-Ongoing)

Manipulated child's light carousel


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Drownproofing Thru Life (2001)

While searching for images of drowning victims and lifeguarding techniques, I discovered two books, which described a technique, referred to as "drownproofing". The example pictures depicted victims who appeared to have drowned; yet were in fact rescued. Looking at these images, I felt that they symbolized the current state of my life and my own personality survival strategies. In this body of work, called Drownproofing Thru Life, I question my chosen coping or survival method(s). Is it because I can’t or don’t or refuse to harness the energy or the ability, to actively save myself? How often do I rely on events to unfold around me? When and how do I rely on fate, chance or circumstance? How much assistance do I need/want in my life?


Untitled Authority

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Untitled Authority

In the body of work Untitled Authority, figures such as parents and teachers help to guide children into adulthood. In Untitled Authority I question if these authoritative voices offer a true and authentic depiction of life and the necessary guidance to succeed? Or are they false, oversimplified explanations meant to appease the questions of the young, providing inaccurate or incomplete definitions of the world around us?