Lost Ships Found  found wood, paint, various textiles, nails - each approx 9 to 15 inches (high and wide) - Bielsko-Biala BWA, Poland 2015

Lost Ships Found
found wood, paint, various textiles, nails - each approx 9 to 15 inches (high and wide) - Bielsko-Biala BWA, Poland 2015

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   Chakras in the Dark -    burnt wood, textiles, horse hair, sheep wool, feathers, fur, beads - 7 @ approx 5 ft each - Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, BC 2014

Chakras in the Dark - burnt wood, textiles, horse hair, sheep wool, feathers, fur, beads - 7 @ approx 5 ft each - Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, BC 2014

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   Cradle cord  - burnt wooden cradle, hemp rope, burnt wood objects - Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria - 12 ft high x 6 ft base circumference  - 2014

Cradle cord - burnt wooden cradle, hemp rope, burnt wood objects - Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria - 12 ft high x 6 ft base circumference  - 2014

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   "Perhaps it's true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house---the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture---must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story." ―  Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

"Perhaps it's true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house---the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture---must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story." ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

  installation – Access Gallery, 2013

installation – Access Gallery, 2013

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  found burnt wood, horse hair - 2 x 2.5 ft

found burnt wood, horse hair - 2 x 2.5 ft

  found burnt wood, bone, resin -  each 16 in high x 24 in circumference     

found burnt wood, bone, resin -  each 16 in high x 24 in circumference

 

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  studio installation – Banff Centre for Arts, 2011

studio installation – Banff Centre for Arts, 2011

  paper, charcoal, ash, collage, stick, clamps, light - 2 ft wide x 8 ft long

paper, charcoal, ash, collage, stick, clamps, light - 2 ft wide x 8 ft long

  vintage graph paper, sage ash and charcoal - 22 x 60 in

vintage graph paper, sage ash and charcoal - 22 x 60 in

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In the Shadow of our own Dust

Video: This is the result of an attemp to capture/document ritual. Produced during a Thematic Banff Centre Residency (Something in the Water; Return of the backwash 2011).

   Erupture -  charcoal, ash, collage - 22 x 30 in - 2012

Erupture - charcoal, ash, collage - 22 x 30 in - 2012

   Spun out  - charcoal, ash, collage - 22 x 30 in

Spun out - charcoal, ash, collage - 22 x 30 in

   Snake moon  - charcoal, ash, collage - 22 x 30 in - 2014

Snake moon - charcoal, ash, collage - 22 x 30 in - 2014

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   Shrapnel nest  - charcoal, ash, collage, ink - 5.5 x 8.5 in - 2014

Shrapnel nest - charcoal, ash, collage, ink - 5.5 x 8.5 in - 2014

   Ensconced  - charcoal, ash, collage, ink - 5.5 x 8.5 in - 2014

Ensconced - charcoal, ash, collage, ink - 5.5 x 8.5 in - 2014

   Hidden code  - charcoal, ash, collage, ink - 5.5 x 8.5 in - 2014

Hidden code - charcoal, ash, collage, ink - 5.5 x 8.5 in - 2014

   Fallout     A series of geologically inspired ceramic forms made from discarded blocks of clay (various types). I dropped and smashed the dried blocks then took direction from the natural breaks and cracks. Only 4 raku glazes were used. Electric firing. Created during Thematic Banff Centre for the Arts Residency 2014 (The Universe and Other Systems).

Fallout

A series of geologically inspired ceramic forms made from discarded blocks of clay (various types). I dropped and smashed the dried blocks then took direction from the natural breaks and cracks. Only 4 raku glazes were used. Electric firing. Created during Thematic Banff Centre for the Arts Residency 2014 (The Universe and Other Systems).

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   Fourth Nature    2010 and 2012

Fourth Nature 2010 and 2012

  arches details: textiles, lace, bones, wood, rhinestones, spray paint – Yukon Arts Centre, 2010

arches details: textiles, lace, bones, wood, rhinestones, spray paint – Yukon Arts Centre, 2010

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  installation view – arches and stalactites

installation view – arches and stalactites

  stalactite detail: spray foam, broken china cups, wild trapped fur -  5 to 8 ft high x 2 to 3 ft circumference   each

stalactite detail: spray foam, broken china cups, wild trapped fur -  5 to 8 ft high x 2 to 3 ft circumference each

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  stalagmite: spray foam, broken china cups, wild trapped fur - 11 in high x 16 in circumference

stalagmite: spray foam, broken china cups, wild trapped fur - 11 in high x 16 in circumference

  installation view – Galerie Sans Nom, 2012    

installation view – Galerie Sans Nom, 2012

 

  antler cluster: antler, paint, pearls, textiles, spray foam, jewelry, pins - 14 ft high

antler cluster: antler, paint, pearls, textiles, spray foam, jewelry, pins - 14 ft high

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  NSCAD Port Loggia Gallery, 2010

NSCAD Port Loggia Gallery, 2010

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  Yukon Arts Centre, 2010

Yukon Arts Centre, 2010

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  arches - Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 2011 - 1.5 x 24 ft each

arches - Confederation Centre Art Gallery, 2011 - 1.5 x 24 ft each

   Impossible Columns  - installation view- Yukon Arts Centre 2010

Impossible Columns - installation view- Yukon Arts Centre 2010

  I made a series of collages and sculptures based on Albrecht Durer's drawings  Impossible Columns  – Albrecht Durer - pen, brown ink, watercolour – 11.65 x 6.77 in - 1515

I made a series of collages and sculptures based on Albrecht Durer's drawings Impossible Columns – Albrecht Durer - pen, brown ink, watercolour – 11.65 x 6.77 in - 1515

  ceramic, glass, metal, wood, porcelain, caulking – Yukon Arts Centre and NSCAD Port Loggia, 2010 - approx 3 feet high   each

ceramic, glass, metal, wood, porcelain, caulking – Yukon Arts Centre and NSCAD Port Loggia, 2010 - approx 3 feet high each

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  I photographed hundreds of objects from my Aunt and Uncles thrift store in the South of France. Each object in these collages are from a 4x6 photograph.

I photographed hundreds of objects from my Aunt and Uncles thrift store in the South of France. Each object in these collages are from a 4x6 photograph.

  photo collage on black archival paper   - 22 x 32 in

photo collage on black archival paper - 22 x 32 in

   Congregations  – 2008 to 2010. A series of collages featuring animals cut from vintage story, school, wildlife, and science text books.    This collage is titled  Birds n Bees  - 22 x 30 in

Congregations – 2008 to 2010. A series of collages featuring animals cut from vintage story, school, wildlife, and science text books.  This collage is titled Birds n Bees - 22 x 30 in

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   Transmission Cloud    - 22 x 30 in

Transmission Cloud - 22 x 30 in

   Basket Knot    - 12 x 17 in

Basket Knot - 12 x 17 in

   Deadwood Parliament  - 22 x 30 in

Deadwood Parliament - 22 x 30 in

   Ladder Tower  - 22 x 30 in

Ladder Tower - 22 x 30 in

   Scale Parade  - 24 x 35 in

Scale Parade - 24 x 35 in

   Sink Bale  - 22 x 30 in

Sink Bale - 22 x 30 in

   Sink Bale  – detail

Sink Bale – detail

   Treasure chest murder    - 22 x 30 in

Treasure chest murder - 22 x 30 in

   Hat Warren  - 22 x 30 in

Hat Warren - 22 x 30 in

   Hat Warren  – detail

Hat Warren – detail

   Construction Colony  - 13 x 18 in

Construction Colony - 13 x 18 in

   Kettle Rookery  - 12 x 17 in

Kettle Rookery - 12 x 17 in

   Congregations  – Odd Gallery, Dawson City, YT – 2008

Congregations – Odd Gallery, Dawson City, YT – 2008

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

   Cold Covered Bones  - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

Cold Covered Bones - Dawson City, Yukon - 2006

    "...Salez made these blanket “interventions” after exploring this industrial area on Dawson City’s outskirts during her winter walks. Intent on nurturing these wounded vestiges of past gold-mining activity, the artist carefully draped the abandoned equipment in the patterned blankets. Her site-specific installations cunningly juxtapose laborious old machines with a colourful collection of craft. Whereas this unexpected revival suggests the gendering of the mining relics, one may also consider the general rehabilitation or dramatic mourning of a systematically abused landscape."   Diane Pellicone

"...Salez made these blanket “interventions” after exploring this industrial area on Dawson City’s outskirts during her winter walks. Intent on nurturing these wounded vestiges of past gold-mining activity, the artist carefully draped the abandoned equipment in the patterned blankets. Her site-specific installations cunningly juxtapose laborious old machines with a colourful collection of craft. Whereas this unexpected revival suggests the gendering of the mining relics, one may also consider the general rehabilitation or dramatic mourning of a systematically abused landscape." Diane Pellicone

   OUR Nation  was an attempt to declare a micro nation. The 'founders' (collaborates Valerie Salez, Kara Uzelman and Jesse Mitchell) occupied a large fenced in yard, built structures, established a government, distributed passports, created currency, to name a few functions. Summer 2009 within Dawson City, Yukon.

OUR Nation was an attempt to declare a micro nation. The 'founders' (collaborates Valerie Salez, Kara Uzelman and Jesse Mitchell) occupied a large fenced in yard, built structures, established a government, distributed passports, created currency, to name a few functions. Summer 2009 within Dawson City, Yukon.

   OUR Nation  was an attempt to declare a micro nation. The 'founders' (collaborates Valerie Salez, Kara Uzelman and Jesse Mitchell) occupied a large fenced in yard, built structures, established a government, distributed passports, created currency, to name a few functions. Summer 2009 within Dawson City, Yukon.

OUR Nation was an attempt to declare a micro nation. The 'founders' (collaborates Valerie Salez, Kara Uzelman and Jesse Mitchell) occupied a large fenced in yard, built structures, established a government, distributed passports, created currency, to name a few functions. Summer 2009 within Dawson City, Yukon.

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  government office preparing passport questions and documents

government office preparing passport questions and documents

  potential new citizen answering passport questions

potential new citizen answering passport questions

  more potential new citizens answering very personal passport questions

more potential new citizens answering very personal passport questions

  OUR Nation citizen with passport

OUR Nation citizen with passport

  OUR Nation founder and citizen with passport

OUR Nation founder and citizen with passport

  OUR Nation citizen with passport

OUR Nation citizen with passport

  OUR Nation citizen with passport

OUR Nation citizen with passport

  OUR Nation citizen with passport

OUR Nation citizen with passport

  OUR Nation citizen with passport

OUR Nation citizen with passport

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  Science and Research Station

Science and Research Station

  interior - Science and Research Station

interior - Science and Research Station

  brain project - Science and Research Station

brain project - Science and Research Station

  river ice, fish tank, strobe light, inflatable silver santa  -  Science and Research Station

river ice, fish tank, strobe light, inflatable silver santa - Science and Research Station

  spiritual centre - geodesic dome, skulls, antlers, fabric, pine pole

spiritual centre - geodesic dome, skulls, antlers, fabric, pine pole

   OUR Nation

OUR Nation

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  brew master

brew master

  Our Nation's official currency - micro nation micro beer

Our Nation's official currency - micro nation micro beer

  Poet Stephanie Warner reading on stage at the OUR Nation's National theater

Poet Stephanie Warner reading on stage at the OUR Nation's National theater

  Canada's award winning historical writer Charlotte Gray does a reading at OUR Nation

Canada's award winning historical writer Charlotte Gray does a reading at OUR Nation

  Three Chords and the Truth play at OUR Nation's National theater

Three Chords and the Truth play at OUR Nation's National theater

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  OUR Nation's library

OUR Nation's library

  OUR Nation's space program

OUR Nation's space program

  OUR Nation's security force

OUR Nation's security force

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  OUR Nations founders posing in the Nations place of origin, a large, frozen sawdust cave -  l to r Valerie Salez, Kara Uzelman, Jesse Mitchell

OUR Nations founders posing in the Nations place of origin, a large, frozen sawdust cave -  l to r Valerie Salez, Kara Uzelman, Jesse Mitchell

OUR Nation's Anthem