Interview with Translink Canada

Hi Friends,

As promised here is my interview with Translink Canada about the work I did for their etiquette campaign last Spring. I wasn’t able to interview in person but realized I had gotten all the practice I needed filling out those chain email surveys we were all so crazy about in the early 2000s. Yes, I filled them out even if I never forwarded them to anyone. The answers that you have been waiting 15+ years for are: Vanilla; Yes, I have been skinny dipping and my favourite song at the moment is Fairport Convention’s version of The Ballad of Tam Lin (though in 2000 it was probably Common People by Pulp). You can read more in you follow the link.

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Work up on Translink

I guess blogging isn’t something I’m super good about yet, because I realized that I never announced the release of the work that I did for Translink Canada. For those who don’t know, Translink is the public transit provider in the Metro Vancouver area, which includes buses, the SkyTrain, Seabus ferries, and other forms of public transportation. This is a super exciting project as, not only will my work reach a huge population of viewers, I love it when artwork is brought into public spaces. Translink partnered with Emily Carr University’s illustration department in an effort to reimagine their etiquette campaign. My piece was one of 6 chosen to remind passengers to “Be even more awesome” and kind to each other. And guess what else is cool: Seth Rogen is voicing the automated reminders! Stay posted as I will soon be including a link to an interview I did with Translink, which will be appearing in their buzzer blog.


Show April 6th-8th!

I have a piece in the Strange Creatures show opening April 6th at the James Black Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. This should be a fun show!  "Strange Creatures will explore the identities and depictions of people and creatures on the fringes of history: those with associations with magic and witchcraft."

The piece  I have included is a part of an ongoing study on the intersection of folkways, nature and representation. It uses the form of natural history illustration in juxtaposition with the grimoire to call attention to the varied intersecting relationships people have with the plant kingdom . Although plants are often viewed as a benign and purely decorative, their relationship with humans is tangled with politics, religious and spiritual beliefs, medicine, mythology, folkways, women’s rights, gender politics, and magic. Plant politics are inextricable from the witch trials, and though that might seem like a long and dark time ago, plant politics continue today. One need only to look to the regulation of plants (many long-revered in spiritual practices) and the incarnation of, by-and-large, already marginalized communities for their possession as evidence of its ongoing presence. 

Come see the show! It's going to be magical. 

P.S. That's my illustration in the gold frame.