i’ve been slowly making an abstract surreal tarot deck. the process is intuitive. i haphazardly cut scrap watercolour paintings into little bits andpuzzle the shapes together on small cards until compositions reveal themselves.
wands are birds. discs are moons. cups are fish. swords are hooks. but even these types of symbols are always up for interpretation.
what you sea is different from what eye sea
the mirror is the moon is the feather is the feeling
Well here we are… careening on as the one year anniversary of the global pandemic approaches. There sure are lots of things still to grieve. Mostly i’ve been missing in person gatherings, shows, concerts, playshops, and all that was mostly my lifestyle and livelihood in the “before-times”. Grieving memories of when i was working and touring as a theatre artist. Sigh. But, all is not lost! I really want to share the continued thread of joy that has filled my creative and social void inside all this. Specifically the community collaborations with Mind of a Snail and the evolution of Shadowjam!to an online live stream platform. Shadowjam! is always something that has built community, and it continues to do so despite the physical distance. It surprises me how present it feels. Every Sunday evening from 7:30-10:30pm PST we host a real-time virtual connection place on twitch that actually really feels connected. It’s a community cauldron… collective story-making…an interactive art, music channel. All moods welcome. Participate directly or just hold space at the edges. Welcome to follow and join us! https://www.twitch.tv/mindofasnail
i’m curating a retrospective art show of my mum Shelley’s photography. She died less than two years ago and we never had a public memorial thingy. Grief is totally ongoing and organic; it’s like…how many innumerable (little and big) ways can we continue to honour the dead?!
Art shows are fun. It’s been kind of like a timeless collaboration between her and i as i decide which images to enlarge and frame. Lots of trips down memory lane digging through all the photos to find the specific negatives to print from.
You are invited, the exhibition is next month Nov 5-29th at the GPAG gallery in lower Gibsons.
I also made a webpage of the show (plus extra bits) for those who won’t be on the Sunshine Coast during that time and for those farther away. www.motherdaughtercoast.ca Click a way.
Shelley Twohig never used photoshop; she didn’t alter her photos digitally in any way. These images are some from her “cello” series, where she would photograph from still life onto slide film; then by using two slide projectors, would layer the images onto the same surface and reshoot. This analog blending technique is pretty neat.