Category Archives: 2020

Catching smoke

Virtual guest book

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre 

Art Incubator Gallery August 21st – October 3rd, 2020

3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street Edmonton, Alberta

 

Thank you for visiting the exhibition! 

Please use the comments to sign my virtual guest book.  Click on the replies button.  

Deann

 

Thank you to the following people and dogs: 

Jacek Malek and Harcourt House for this opportunity to exhibit my work.  

Darren Kooyman and Wendy for their assistance and expertise in setting up the show.

My husband for being my partner and friend, and walking this path in life with me (even though it isn’t exactly how we saw it rolling out).  The rock under my feet in what can at times feel like sea of sand.* 

My children for always being supportive of what I do.  You are amazingly creative each in your own unique way.  

Mr. M for being my studio assistant/shadow/occasional materials taste tester.  

My parents and sisters for taking the changes in my life path in stride and being there for me no matter what.  

My extended family for their encouragement and support.  

My friends for being great friends.  Us people with anxiety need people like you.  

My fellow artists and mentors for their feedback, willingness to listen to me complain about app changes, and obsess about all things art-making related.  Special mention to Kim Blair who put me on the path of digital applications when I thought I would have to give up art altogether, and for our recent talk which has sparked many ideas! 

Mark at The Big Pixel for his printing expertise over the years and Lula, and Libby for always being happy to see me. (With fond remembrance of Leonard.)  

Dale at Pagemaster Printing, who exudes calm, for helping me navigate printing on a new material.  

 

*It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet and what is sand.

Madeleine L’Engle

 

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Catching smoke

Catching smoke will be presented in the Art Incubator Gallery at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre from August 21st to October 3rd.  I’m excited to say the gallery spaces will be re-opening, so you can see this work live (respecting all COVID-19 guidelines of course).  There will not be an opening reception, but grab your mask, come visit, and enjoy my show and Jill Ho-You’s exhibition Latent Monuments

Click on the links for more information. 🙂 

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ISEA 29th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

I am pleased to say my work Light and dark II was accepted into the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA) 2020 29th Annual Open Juried Exhibition.  Due to COVID 19, it will be a virtual exhibition for this year, but there are plans to celebrate the first ever collaboration with Canadian members and friends in a unique way.  St. Albert, Alberta, Canada looks forward to hosting a symposium and exhibition in 2022.  

Update:

You can now see the virtual exhibition, Pushing Boundaries.  

My submission Light and dark II received a merit award!

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Weighted wings

In my last post I wrote that I would show you the art piece that  led me to make my DIY image tracer.  Weighted wings is part of an ongoing series I am working on about anxiety and may be part of my show Catching smoke, coming in late summer to Harcourt House’s Art Incubator Gallery.  In working on my series All exits look the same, which is about developing and living with chronic illness, I found art to be a therapy of sorts.  Helping me process what was going on in my life and come to a place of acceptance. 

Just prior to becoming ill seven years ago, I was working on some abstract drawings about anxiety, having always lived with it to varying degrees.  Life happened and the idea was put aside.  Two years ago I decided to refocus my artist’s lens on the topic.  I also wanted to begin to incorporate text into some of my work, as words for me are a powerful impetus in creating, and important in telling the story of a piece.

Weighted wings is a piece about how the words, the noise in your head can hold you down, keep you from living the life you want to lead.  As I was figuring out the words, I wrote a lot over several months trying to get a better sense of what triggers my anxiety.  What I found was in doing this and in reading books about being present (thank you to Pema Chödrön) I began to develop strategies to quiet my mind.  Imagine writing down all your worries and anxieties and then just walking away from them.  They are immobilized on paper and you are free to leave them there.  It’s not quite as simple as that, but it’s definitely a start.  

 

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Projection box in use

DIY Tracer Projector

 

Today’s post is about an image tracer projector I made.  It’s been a while since I posted!  I started working on this back in January or February, but got side tracked by many different things… events, appointments, tax prep, and finally COVID-19.  

I looked into making a tracer projector when I had an idea that required me to enlarge an image.  A projector, which can cost between $50 and $100 (or higher), was more than I wanted to spend for what could be a one-off use.  Next step was YouTube.  I honestly don’t know what we did before YouTube.  There seems to be tutorials for pretty much everything.

To make this you will need a cardboard box, duct tape, painter’s tape or masking tape, a box cutter, and a clear plastic sheet.

For the projector box I used this video from Home Made Simple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va8TprRgl7s  If you plan to use your cell phone’s flashlight as your light source, you can omit cutting a hole in the bottom and just use the projection hole to position your phone.  In this version the maker uses a lamp as the light source.  I didn’t find that worked for me, maybe the lamp was too tall, so I opted to use my cell phone flashlight.  I also used a roll of duct tape to raise the phone inside the box.  For the image stencil or tracing material cut the hole to be slightly smaller than the material you are using so it will lay flat against the box, then tape it to the box along the top with some tape (I used painter’s tape, see images at bottom).  

For the holder for the cell phone, I used scraps from cutting the holes in the box and this video by In the Event with Karem:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Biui7Jbo0

It also shows how to make a box from scratch if you don’t have one the right size.  I used an old small appliance box.  

Once the box and holder were built, I focused on material to use for the image.  The maker in the first video used a clear plastic bag. Most of mine are well-used and I found the image to be too fuzzy.  I had some duralar, which is a clear plastic sheet.  I traced my image onto this and the quality when projected was good.  I think any unblemished, smooth, clear plastic should work (e.g. page protector).  

You can also use it to project words from stencils.  Just remember to turn the stencil over so it is backwards.  Here is the finished project, using a word stencil for demonstration:

 

When setting up the projector, you need to have space to move it forwards or backwards to get the image size you want.  You will also need a somewhat dark space.  Because I was projecting onto a large sheet of paper, I used my hallway and closed all the doors to minimize the light.  If you are projecting an image onto a wall, you may want to cover the window(s) with extra sheets or blankets.  I used books and old DVD cases to prop up the projector to get the right position.  

In my next post I will show you the artwork I created using the projector.  

 

 

 

 

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