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Artist's Statement

My background is in Philosophy, and that discipline informs my artwork. Making art for me is always an exploration, a personal search for clarity, truth and meaning.

Visual art has been called a “waking dream”. It is generally accepted that dream images represent multiple aspects of self. Consistent with that premise, much of my work is - directly or metaphorically - portraiture, often self portrait. I arrange the imagery to create a complex, sympathetic portrait of my subject which has implications for human nature in general. 

My approach is archaeological. For a drawing, I dig into my subject’s personal history, uncovering fantasies, failures, secrets, and prevailing family mythology. This involves peeling back layers from an often veiled core, and I layer the media I use accordingly. 

Charcoal drawings usually start with an ink foundation setting out details of personal history and emotional memory, captured in genealogical charts, song lyrics, maps, dream imagery and fragments of conversation. The charcoal layer is drawn on top of that, accidentally revealing fragments of what underlies it. Frequently
I superimpose pastel text as a third layer. 

Assemblage and mixed media work is freer, more fun to do than drawing. I enjoy “rescuing” found objects for use in these pieces. But three dimensional works are also layered; objects - both found and made - exhibit  a seductive surface whimsy which masks a deeper and more complex story.

I enjoy technology; digital techniques combined with my love of printmaking and graphic design have led to
several mixed media prints. Recently I came up with a “ character” to represent myself, which allows me to
use these techniques for storytelling purposes. 

Moreover, this more technological approach provides me with a good vehicle for voicing social commentary and political convictions. Of which I have many.

Art making is for the most part a solitary activity. As a break from the solitude, I engage in collaborative work when opportunities arise. I collaborate with sculptor and partner Bill Friesen, with him and Joe Rosenblatt as the Eastside Group, and with the Ad Hoc Groupo des Artistes. 


Exhibition History

2017

Group exhibition, The Basement Show: Views From the Edge, curator, Martha Jablonski-Jones, Courtenay BC
Group exhibition, Image to Text to Image, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC
Group exhibition, The Berwick Garry Oak Exhibition, curator Jeff Hartbower, Comox, BC
Group exhibition, Psychedelia, the Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria BC 

2016  

Marci Katz, Art as Storytelling,Workshop (for Youth Media Project), Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC 
Mail art shows:
Dada Centenial: Day of the Dead, International Museum of Collage, Assemblage &
   Construction, Santa Fe, NM, USA; Transfer, curator Victor Valqui Vidal, shows at the Hungarian National Museum, Esztergom, Hungary, and at the Under the Gaze of King Minos Festival, Heraklion, Crete.
Art By The Beach: a Celebration of Drawing, nine person exhibition, Qualicum Beach BC 
Reader, TS Eliots Four Quartets, director Ed Varney, Red Tree Coffee House, Courtenay BC
A Mechanical Show,
curator Bill Friesen, the Gatehouse Gallery, Cumberland, BC 

2015

Curator and participant, Existential Elders, touring 16-person show, TOSH gallery, Qualicum Beach BC
Graphic Designer,
Walking With Our Sisters, Memorial Installation, K’ómoks First Nation, Courtenay BC
Mail Art:
A Celebration of Mail Art, Passing the Flame, curator James Felter, Victoria BC;

2014

Curator and participant, Existential Elders, touring 16-person show;  Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC  
Curator and participant, Existential Elders, touring 16-person show, MAS, VIUniversity, Powell River.
Group show,
Animals in our Humanscape, McMillan Arts Centre, Parksville BC.
Group show, Art at the Beach, Rosenblatt residence, Qualicum Beach, BC
Group show, Hanging by a Thread, CVAG, Courtenay BC
Mail Art shows: Dame's Portrait Gallery 2014, curator Mailarta/Dale Roberts; Welcome to Montana, curator
  Fluxus MT; Angels & Demons, 5B Mailart, Germany; Rainbow, curator Dale Roberts;

2013

Group show, Towards Grace, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay
Group show, Love and Monsters, curator: Ken Flett, Rebekah Hall, Bear River, Nova Scotia 
Mail art shows: the End of the World, dudugomes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Deer, curator Andreas Kuntner, Austria; The Artist at Work / a Self Portrait,
 Curator: Ed Varney, Nanaimo Art Gallery; COMA: the Bull, Man & the Myth, curator Helder Coelho Dias, Portugal; International Bird Art Day #2, curator Bill Thompson; Building a Village,  curator Pam Hall; I'll Draw You If You Draw Me, curator Mailarta/Dale Roberts; Dame's Portrait Gallery 2013, curator Mailarta/Dale Roberts.

2012

Experimental Drawing Project 2; Rhinoceros, curators P. Edwards/J. Bowley, UK.
Eastside Group show; Angels and Demons, Artfitterz Gallery, Nanaimo BC
Eastside Group; Midsummer Exhibition, Godfrey-Brownell Vineyards, Duncan, BC
Co-curator (w B. Friesen) Jeff Hartbower solo Mayworks show: "Wheelies and
Other Things We Have Become”, Gordon Ross Studios, Tintown, Courtenay, BCIllustration; Blackbird Ten, the Blackbird Institute, dir: David StoneMail Art shows; Quarter, curator Whong In Young, S Korea; Hard Work,curator E. Varney, Mayworks '12 Mail Art show, Courtenay BC; These Hands, curator Christine Tarantino, Wendell, Maine; Decentralized Networker   Congress 2012, 20th anniversary show

2011
Collaboration (multi-media, with B Friesen); The Boxing Match, CVAG, Courtenay BC
Co-Curator (w B. Friesen); The Art of Work, Gordon Ross Studios, Courtenay BC.
Group show; CVAG Juried Members Show 2011, CVAG, Courtenay 
Mail Art exhibitions: George Maciunas & Beyond, K. Buchholz curator, Kaunas Biennia 
  Lithuania;  Work, Work, Work, curator E. Varney, Mayworks '11, Courtenay;  
  Fluxface in Space, C. Touchon curator, NASA & Fluxmuseum collaboration, Fort Worth, Texas

2010   Group show; The Shoe Show, Random Design Studio,Tin Town, Courtenay, BCGroup Project; Art  
  Detox 2010, Anna Banana curator, SCAC, Sechelt, BC.
Group show;
Junkyard, Cowichan Valley Art Ctre, Duncan BC.
Mail Art exhibitions:  Mail Art Olympix, E. Varney curator, CVAG, Courtenay;    Self Portraits, E. Silva curator,         
  Caracas, Venezuala

2009   
Co-curator (w Ed Varney) and participant; Alternative Identities, 9-person Art Groupo show, Evergreen
  Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC
Co-curator (w Bill Friesen) and participant;
Poverty in Canada, Mayworks Festival group exhibition,
   Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
 Mail Art exhibitions: 
Evolution, Accademia d’Arte, Pisa, Italy;  Mailmania 3, Vancouver Island 
   School of Art, Victoria, BC;
Mailarta’s Portrait Palace, Victoria, BC; Self Portraits
   Convocatoria Arte Correo, Caracas, Venezuela;
Mail Art Olympix, CVAG, Courtenay, BC
Guest artist;
The Bicycle Review, Issue #2, August 20, 2009.  
Group show;
Spinal Tap, Tin Town, Courtenay, BC
Group Assemblage show;
We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2008   
Solo exhibition (assemblage);
Suspended Rumination, Oceanside Gallery, 
Parksville, BC
Co-curator (w Bill Friesen);
Water and the Human Condition, Mayworks Festival
   group exhibition, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Group show;
Merkins and Codpieces, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC
Mail Art exhibition;
Revolution, Evolution and Devolution, Mayworks Festival
   Exhibition, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Group Assemblage show;
We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville BC

2007   
Co-curator (with Bill Friesen);
Making a Living, Mayworks Festival group exhibition,
   Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC             
Mail Art exhibition;
Put Yourself on the Map, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, BC
International Mail Art exhibition;
Folklore, Millennium bcp Club, Ovar, Portugal
Mail Art exhibition;
Work, Work, Work, Mayworks Festival exhibition, Oceanside 
   Gallery, Parksville, BC         
Group Assemblage show;
We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2006   
Eastside Group exhibition;
Mythic Archipelago, Sandstone Studio Gallery Summer 
   Exhibition, Gabriola Island, BC
Co-curator (w Bill Friesen);
Working Without a Net, Mayworks Festival group 
   exhibition, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Group show; 
ATC exhibition; Mayworks Festival show, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Mail Art exhibition;
The Sea/Fishermen, Millenium bcp Club, Ovar, Portugal

2005   
Solo show;
Mixed Messages, Gallery Vertigo, Vernon, BC
Group exhibition; Fran Willis Gallery Closing Show, Victoria, BC            
Juror; Comox Valley Community Arts Council, Comox, BC    
Group show;
The Art of Work, first Mayworks Festival exhibition, Oceanside Gallery, 
   Parksville, BC            
 Co-curator (w Bill Friesen);
The Art of Work, Mayworks Festival exhibition,     
   Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Group show;
Self Portraits, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Group assemblage show;
We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
ATC show; 
Artists’ Trading Card Exhibit, Blackberry Gallery, Port Moody, BC 

2004   
Installation (w Bill Friesen);
Dance of the Damned, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, BC
Installation (w Bill Friesen); Dance of the Damned, Errington Hall, Errington, BC
Eastside Group exhibition;
Mythic Archipelago, Maltwood Gallery, University of
   Victoria, Victoria, BC
Eastside Group exhbition;
Mythic Archipelago, Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas 
   College, New Westminster, BC
   Eastside Group exhibition;
Imaginary Friends, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC
Group show;
Roots/Routes, Rollin Art Centre, Port Alberni, BC
Group assemblage show;
We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2003   
Solo show;
Drawing Close to the Bone, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt, BC   
Solo show; Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries (and other fairy tales); Xchanges 
   Gallery, Victoria, BC
Eastside Group exhibition;
Imaginary Friends, Qualicum Frameworks, Qualicum             
   Beach BC
Eastside Group exhibition;
Imaginary Friends, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, 
   Vancouver, BC
ATC show;
BC Artists’ ATC Exhibit, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Sechelt, BC
Group assemblage show;
We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2002   
Solo exhibition;
Debris or Not Debris? Rollin Arts Centre, Port Alberni, BC
Group assemblage  show; We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2001   
Eastside Group exhibition; The Bird Show, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC
Group show; Beaux Arts; Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, JCC, Vancouver, BC
Group assemblage show; We Are Assembled, Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

2000   
Solo show; Debris or Not Debris? Oceanside Gallery, Parksville, BC

1999    

Filberg Festival; Juried Group exhibition, Mobiles, Comox, BC

1997   
BC Regional group exhibition; Images and Objects XV, Kamloops, BC

1996   
BC Regional group exhibition; Images and Objects XIV, Penticton, BC