On June 26th, 2012, Emma's seventeen year old brother committed suicide.
In Memory is a product of love and longing, made in the wake of his
death. Two series comprise this body of work in an incomplete attempt to
catalogue what he left behind. As if gathering the remains of his life
might keep him closer. A sweater, a
t-shirt, a wooden box, a pair of soccer cleats - everyday objects
elevated to reliquary status. Holy because he touched them. So too are
these seven boys (or are they men?) facing the camera. Each hardened and
softened in their own way by his passing. Wearing their grief with
self-conscious bravery, and wielding more power than they know. Tissue
paper maps of what might have been.
Emma Palm lives and
works between the prairies of Alberta and Vancouver Island’s craggy
coastline. As an artist she is interested in acts of remembrance,
storytelling, collections, and archival processes. Her research-based
work is grounded in the social exchange of memory and information. So
far, her practice includes photography, video and installation.
Emma graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2013.
Gallery reception July 31st at 7-10PM 2516 Douglas Street.
It’s summer and time to get out and make connections. And where better than the Moss Street Paint In where there are lots of connections to be made. … Carollyne Yardley, Robert Amos and there’s Linny D. Vine, a few clouds don’t bother Linny. Connected with Godfrey Stephens who I hitchhiked with in Greece. 1962 I think it was. I don’t make this stuff up. Seen Godfrey a few times since of course. Ucluelet, James Bay. He’s living in Esquimault and he has a book out…. ‘Wood Storms, Wild Canvas’… Irma Soltonovich, Lesli Ellis, Lyle Schultz...it was non-stop connections.
And then there’s Deluge Gallery… an opening for Tamsin Clark. She is showing some intriguing photographs representing, says Clark, ‘conversations I’ve had with these spaces and places.’ These are captured moments made into art. Polaroid shots of rooms, tables, gardens loaded with associations.
Perhaps from the rather suggestive picture of a bed on the invitation I had been expecting something more…er…Tracey Emin. Not to worry. Tamsin’s polaroids are evocative and dreamlike enough and her grand-children are delightful.
Tamsin is living in the Annapolis Valley. I lived there once too. Wolfville to be precise. Same time as Alex Colville (with whom I connected). ….she knows Michael Coyne at Acadia University so bingo there’s another connection right there.
I was talking to Bill and She-she Blair at the Ravenous show in Alcheringa. They were just back from London where they’d met Duggie Fields. Who used to share his place with Syd Barrett. Poor Syd. I’d often drive him from the Grove to Duggie’s place. He never would have made it otherwise.
Connected with some panhandlers briefly on Douglas before deciding I needed to connect with a washroom. So I slipped into the user-friendly one at the Bay Center. That went well so I continued through the mall and reconnected with Government Street and had a browse around Munro’s Bookshop. What should I see there but ‘American Smoke’ by Iain Sinclair! Talk about synchronicity…I’d just been reading it! Iain Sinclair likes places and connections too. In the book he travels across America meeting people like Gregory Corso and William Burroughs, both of whom I met in London in the Sixties. Excuse the name-dropping. Sinclair uses these meetings as springboards for his own literary meanderings. He’s late to the party but the book is loaded with interesting references which are well worth following up. And it’s another excuse for a bit of what used to be known as creative writing now called self-indulgent rambling depending on your point of view. The next place I connected with was Commercial Alley (between Yates and Bastion Square) where I had hoped to find Roy Green painting on a wall. No such luck. He has got some sheets of plywood however and he’s off to a good start. Relax….it’s all perfectly legal. Roy’s efforts are sponsored by Open Space and sanctioned by the city. The project will coincide with Integrate Arts Festival.
Only connect….who said that? If you said Timothy Leary you’d be wrong. It was E.M.Forster.
Watch this space.
July 25 to August 23, 2014 If I Wore a Hat I'd Hang it Here
Opening Friday, July 25, 7pm
"These Polaroids are the places and spaces I have lived over the last
few years, indexes if you like, and like the writer William Faulkner in
his novel Absalom Absalom they are reiterated over and over, windows,
mirrors, bedrooms, gardens, landscapes. They are conversations I’ve had
with these spaces and places. Because they are photographs they are also
about light: the light and viewpoint can hide the flaws in the mundane
and turn it into a thing of beauty, or at least a curiosity."
Tamsin Clark is an Anglo Canadian photographer and educator interested
in the still and moving image. She received her BFA from the University
of Saskatchewan and MFA from the University of Victoria. Clark has
exhibited widely in Canada, Mexico and Europe and her work is held in
various collections nationally. She currently resides in the Annapolis
Valley, Nova Scotia.
I paint because it has been a desire of mine since I was a small boy to
create. My mother sometimes would just about pull her hair out trying to
find paper that I hadn't created something on in our house when I was a
little boy. It has always been an internal drive of mine to draw and
paint. Sometimes for no other reason but to just do.
colour and I am not afraid to use it. Even in the most monochromatic of
paintings I do there is a bright splash of colour somewhere to be found.
I love putting colour where it is least expected. A landscape could
produce a wisp of green in it's sky and not feel totally out of place
with my work. It just happens for me and I love doing the unexpected.
I work mostly in acrylic paint. But, the medium has broadened in a
short time and now I mix it up with ink, water colour and oil. I guess
my figures are more identifiable as being synonymous with my work. I
create a lot of figures, mostly nude males. I find the male figure very
expressive. Not that the female figure is not, I just find the male
figure more representative of what I trying to say.
landscapes are pretty identifiable as well since they sit mostly on the
fantastical. Reality is they are representative of places of I have been
or wanted to visit. I try to stay away from creating absolute definable
images when doing landscapes. The reality is in most cases they are
personal spaces for me alone to remember what I saw or what impressed me
about a place. I am thrilled when people identify the area or have an
idea where my landscape maybe since it is not always the image that
impresses someone it is the essence that may ignite peoples ideal of a
To me my work is a redefinition of myself. A finding
out of who I am. Essentially, this is something I LOVE to do and at a
point in my life things like that were considered frivolous. Life got in
the way. So basically, I have come full circle to finding myself again.
So for me painting is me.