Commissioned for dear friends Laura and Dawson. May you weather life storms together.
The ephemera: Receipts from Béziers, Languedoc; vintage french stamp; vintage atlas maps of Laura’s favorite places: the Queen Charlottes, Tofino, the Philippines, the South of France ; Comox; Vancouver Island, the Coast of California.
Down by the sea, we dug for buried treasure, just you and me, we didn’t mind the weather.
The ephemera: original papers: 20th century vintage atlas maps; old papers from the 19th and 20th centuries..receipts, adverts, dictionary pages,envelopes; ledger pages; original vintage labels, tickets and stamps; old board game numbers; three natural history images of gulls.
Le directeur du laboratoire, M. Julien G. Éprouvette, disapru à Paris le 31 mai 1901. Un mystère jamais résolu.
Did he go back to the future to prevent the discovery of plastic?
Did he go back in time to find a power source that did not involve fossil fuels?
Did he go underground, hoping to find a way to prevent the Spanish Flu?
Perhaps we will never know.
NB Shhh! This is a cadeau for my son Julien about to start the last year of his Chemistry Degree. C’est un secret.
The ephemera: Vintage Periodic Table; vintage receipt from a Paris Chemical Laboratory, various old papers.
The found objects: Vintage Test tubes, typewriter parts from a 1920s Royal Typewriter; tiny vintage glass bottles, vintage light bulbs (that work!), vintage switch (that works too!) , ceramic insulator tubes, small antique school ink bottle, vintage vacuum tube, wire, vintage gage,vintage tart tin, vintage typewriter bell, vintage thermometer .
Credits: Merci à mon mari Michel who helped me with the wiring so that the vintage light bulb switches on using the vintage switch and a very modern battery hidden, from view.
I am pleased to announce my August Solo Show at Excellent Frameworks EJ Hughes Gallery in Duncan, BC. Due to the Pandemic there will not be an official opening night but I am happy to arrange socially distant, gallery meet ups for small groups. Pandemic hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11-3
For my cousin Susan. Our grand-parents were siblings and they lived in Spotlight Cove on North Galiano Island on the West Coast of Canada. Our parents grew up there. Our family lived on Galiano through two world wars and the great depression and into the early 1980s. We all hold fond memories of this special place.
The ephemera: Vintage Chart of Trincomali Channel featuring North Galiano, Spotlight Cove and Porlier Pass.
The found objects: vintage key, vintage brass buttons, antique nail and silk thread, and tiny antique flag.
For my brother Jack, featuring our father’s vintage charts, full of memories of our childhood cruising haunts: Montague Harbour, Active Pass, Prevost Island, Wallace Island, Pirate’s cove, Porlier Pass, Blackberry Point and Spotlight Cove. The found objects are nautical items that belonged to our father: vintage key fobs of propeller and an anchor and his power squadron pin from when he was the Commander of the local group. We were fortunate indeed.
The cabinet held more than mere curiosities. There were generations of knowledge languishing here, not quite faded from their collective memory. Frankincense, Myrrh, Quill, Quartz, Poppy, Amber, Bone, Bark, Leaf, Petal, Seed…and more seemingly peculiar potions and remedies of the healing arts. Unbeknownst to them, there would soon come a time where they would be glad of this preserved wisdom.
She loved paint colours, especially the names. When she couldn’t find the exact colours she was looking for, she rolled up her sleeves and made them herself. The best part was choosing the names: pubic meeting, bacon, manitoba, feminism….
The ephemera: nicked paint chips; snippets from a 1901 ledger and paint names from a 1930s dictionary.