In the Studio….: Finding a bit of Traction.


The other day, I managed a whole 12 hours in the studio, and actually felt somewhat productive by the end of the day.  Far from the most productive day I’ve had, but I felt like I had finally managed to get a bit of traction, so to speak.  These are just a few shots from the studio.  Doesn’t look like much now, but it’s definitely a start!

This is the start of a Nephropoleon skeleton.  Full size, although it doesn’t really look like it.  The stuffie is just there to give it form while I build it up.  It will have a long tail of vertebrae.  Below are some parts of the claw, and a couple of Bacterio poops thrown in for good measure.  (Gotta do something with that extra material!)


I might end up having to redo the whole thing, if it doesn’t work out quite like I intend.  That is just part of the process, although the material I am working with is more adaptable than you’d think.

Stay tuned for the finished skeleton!


I recently got a few cages from a friend and some garage sales in my neighbourhood, and have been playing with them… here’s some photos of sad Morphoids… doesn’t this remind you of the SPCA?

Trial Run of the Morphoid Dissection!

These are just a few of the photos I took while doing my primary run through of the Bacteriophage dissection.  Wanna see more?  Come to the performance!

There may be another trial run with a friend, to have her ask some questions and practice with that, now that I know what will/may be inside of a Morphoid.  I have to be prepared for all possibilities here!

A couple of days ago, I was starting to feel a little panicky with this coming up, as I still had a lot of questions and needed to do a run through.  Now that I’ve had a chance to do that, well, most* of it, I’m starting to feel excited about it!   I think if I have a general plan, and have a few ways of dealing with tricky questions, etc, I will be fine.  I’m anticipating the audience to be mostly people I know, either old friends, schoolmates, colleagues, the new friends I’ve made through exhibiting work and the ASA – the people who have been nothing but supportive of me, and all the craziness this sometimes entails, whether it be a dissection, an artist talk disguised as a conference presentation, hauling piles of equipment through Fish Creek Park (which reminds me, I should post the blooper reel), spilling 300 lbs of sand in the elevator at school (Did I tell you about that?  That’d make a good story for this blog), making you wear really uncomfortable things, building weirdly complicated structures in the driveway, etc, etc, etc.  Oh, and getting you tickets for parking the wrong way in a fire lane.  (Sorry, Brad.)

Anyway, working hard, looking forward to this!  (And I may have some big news coming up, just waiting for things to be “official”!)

Studio Shots: “Painting”

I’ve been building things.  Square things, brown things.  Here’s a few studio shots.

The “thing” I built is drying under the stack of sketchbooks….

And here’s one painted, and one primed/ resanded.

I’m always amazed at how much my studio looks like chaos in photos like this.  It is busy, but everything has it’s place.

Morphoid Alive!

A short video of my success today… a physically animated Morphoid!

It has two separate circuits in it, one for the sound, and one for the vibration.  Both are affected by their relationship to light.  The only thing I don’t like is the rattle, but for a first go, I’m pretty happy with it. (Now, I need to learn to solder… right now it’s all taped together on the inside!  Temporary is okay for a prototype, but if I’m going to make more, I gotta learn to solder…!)


Studio day…. Heaven.

Let me tell you about my favorite thing in the world.  The best way to spend a day.

Get up in the morning, not too late, not too early, around 8:30 is a good balance for me, make myself a nice pot full of tea (Earl Grey, of course!), go downstairs and put the CD player on repeat (yes, I still use my CD player, the computer sometimes gets in the way), and spend the day in the studio.  Now that I’m working regularly again, studio time is the most precious thing in the world.  It’s a complete luxury, and an absolute necessity, all at the same time.

This looks like a mess, and it very much is.  But, it’s so much better than a clean studio- a clean studio means I haven’t been working in it.  I’m sure you can tell, that while I do have a great space, it is important that everything has a place, because it can quickly and very easily turn into an unusable space.

So, I’ve been working!  Today, I did some experiments with the electronics I’ve been researching, and managed a little bit of success!  Below is a video of what I’ve managed to do- do you see the potential in it for the Morphoids?

The motor works in response to the light.  I also appreciate how it sounds almost like it’s purring.

I also worked on some more skeleton pieces, and have been developing my dissection, a performance, which will happen this summer, as part of the exhibition at the Esker Foundation.  And some plans for some interactive display panels. And some other ideas, which will take much more time than some of this- maybe I’ll share when it’s a little more concrete.

I’ve really gotta stop showing photos of my messy studio.


Plaques and Brochure Holders

Here are some more pictures of things I’ve built/ painted lately…. above are the “delicious chocolate slab” taxidermy plaques, and below, a couple of brochure holders.  National park style, as usual.  I can’t decide if these perhaps need a logo on the front of them….

February Photo A Day Challenge!

So I found the February Photo A Day challenge via Tracy, and I thought maybe I’d give it a try.  See if it sparks anything, or if I learn something… the challenge is to take a photo a day, according to these prompts.

So, for today’s prompt, “Your view Today,” I decided to photograph what’s going on in my studio right now… just finishing up painting a few things, both for my upcoming show at Untitled Art Society, and a couple of “mounts,”  which will eventually hold taxidermied Morphoid specimens!  I know it probably doesn’t look like much right now, but it will when I’m done!  There are four mounts, a couple of brochure holders, panels (for information), and a larger panel for specimens.  And the paint looks so delicious…. “Chocolate Brownie,” which makes everything look edible… doesn’t that “mount” there look like a scrumptious bar of chocolate?

This is just primer and stuff on the other counter.  Not near as delicious-looking.

Ok, maybe tomorrow’s photos will be more interesting.