Vantage Point - Passing my practice reveals the distinctions between personal and public sites through the use of video, photography and installation. It reflects my interest in the climate crisis, environmental issues, land stewardship, and our relationship to natural elements. I have lived and worked on the Toronto Islands all my life exploring and documenting this urban park. Through repetitive image making, I observe and record the changes of the overlapping layers of human and natural histories embedded in the landscape. My work begins to question what is ‘wild’ and how we are re-negotiating our relationship over time with our environment. Vantage Point - Passing is an ongoing body of work of video and still images that I have been making for over seventeen years. These images are a record of a groyne that extends into Lake Ontario from Centre Island on the Toronto Islands. Groynes are structures that run perpendicular to shorelines to capture sand and prevent erosion. Four groynes were built on Toronto Islands circa early 1900s to slow the shifting sands. These images record changes in this landmark, while acknowledging the hand of the artist in observing what passes before the lens on a seasonal basis. Many of these images are available as archival inkjet prints on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta Satin in limited edition of three, available in image size 11' x 20" Grids are by commission and limited editions please inquire.
Read TEXT by Shannon Anderson In the caption of the last image