Through the Material Landscape

Exhibition:  February 8 - March 12, 2017

Nature’s champion pollinators, wild bees, come to life as metaphor and
material in conceptualizing Black hyper-visibility / invisibility.

Let us consider how we might create new symbols in our minds to represent our common humanity and connections to all living things.

This series of oversized wire bee sculptures and wire relief on canvas, is a project materialized through science and art using metaphor to explore themes of Black subjectivity and re-imagined futures. It is about seeing and un-seeing – implicit in un-acknowledgement, whether purposeful or unintended.

The interplay of light on the works and the shadows they cast —evoke a virtual invisibility and presents a nuanced conversation on how black subjects are seen and understood in space and place, past present and future.

Wild Bees as Metaphor

There are 200 species of native bees in Toronto. Working and moving around us daily, these creatures are mostly invisible, and hyper-visible when unwanted or deemed out of place. The bees’ movements, help me see the space in-between these polarities as active and productive. This ‘mash-up’ considers the notion of belonging and un-belonging to reflect on how we meet and respond to racialized subjects in our everyday encounters.  Also, focusing on wild bees highlights the plight of these creatures and simultaneously brings a consciousness to our shared spaces.