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The View From Here

Vancouver’s housing and streets are perennial favourites for artists to document, interrogate, performatively inhabit, and reflect upon. When I myself first moved here in 1997, my subject  of inquiry for many years was invariably houses. (the Fall of Day (1998), bikelight (1999), animal. vegetable. mineral. (2004)). Using photography and video, I attempted to penetrate home exteriors from my sidewalk perspective, always ultimately deflected by the limits of my chosen medium. After losing access to the space and equipment for medium-format colour photography (i.e. graduating), I picked up pencils and paper instead and began drawing into photographs of inverted interior ceilings—a cheaper way to insert myself into spaces I have no hope of materially possessing. (The Grass Is Always Greener on the Flipside (2004-2018).


The photographs in this series are part of a growing collection, as I find myself fully untethered with no fixed address, living out of a truck camper as I move throughout Cascadia while road schooling my children. The View From Here is not from the outside looking in, nor a fantastical projection onto an imaginary space, but from the vantage point of the inside looking out of my camper, where I now enjoy an ever-changing/unchanging view.

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