Ephemeral Home (The Last Post)

This is a partial video of the work we showed for the Open House in Blairmore, and at the Blueprint Gallery in Lethbridge.  It is a house we constructed out of scrap lumber, covered with white cotton, and projected images onto.  Latifa made the sound component, which emanates out from inside of the house.

Ephemeral Home documents our collaborative experience as artists-in-residence at the Gushul Studio, in the Crowsnest Pass, in September of 2011.  It has been our home away from home, both increasingly familiar and surreal.  As a collaborative experience living in close proximity with someone who was not so long ago a stranger, this installation documents our shared feelings and experiences as we relate to each other, and our new environment.

Thank you, Trap/Door, for the amazing opportunity!

Thank you especially to Mike, for orchestrating it all, and letting us stay at your house.

Also, thanks to Blueprint Gallery for hosting our show in Lethbridge!

A special thank you to Krisztina, Kristin, and everyone else we met in Blairmore!

And last, I’d like to say thank you to Latifa, for being so open and sharing, smart and entertaining, and a pleasure to be around.  I think I’ve made a good friend.

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I found the Pass Herald article!


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Arts Days in Lethbridge

Latifa installing the sound component

We showed our house at Blueprint Records as part of Lethbridge’s Art Days.  Here is Latifa installing the sound component of the work.

It was great to see all that was going on in the community for the Art’s Days weekend.  I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

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Latifa’s Last Post

Well, I’m back at home. What an experience the Gushul has been. I am so thankful to Trap\Door for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you Mike as well for everything you’ve done. I feel a lot more confident about myself both as an artist and as a person. I have met a great friend (Jen). I have learned so much.
In Lethbridge I really enjoyed the SAAG (Southern Alberta Art Gallery). I would recommend looking at the video work of Amie Siegel. I really feel she is dealing with relevant contemporary issues.
At the moment many new opportunities are opening up for me as I enter the work force and concentrate on different aspects of my life.
On the art end, I am starting a new project using interviews I have collected and will continue to collect. I have a number of ideas for exciting new projects (top secret for the moment).

To conclude the blog on my end, I will let the following videos and photos speak for me :

My sister and I on top of the Livingston Range.

The completed drawing: Charlie and the Lost Lemon

Detail 1

Detail 2

Jen when climbing Wedge Mountain

Me on the TOP!

The view




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Finally Home!

So we’re home now.  Alberta Arts Days in Lethbridge was fun!  Mike was great for letting us stay with him for the night.

I will post more when I can find my camera in all the chaos of coming home.

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Wedge Mountain

Crowsnest Mountain.... not the mountain we climbed.

Today, we climbed a mountain.  A volcano, actually.  It was humungous, and slippery, slippery, slippery!  We survived and didn’t get eaten by bears.

We were looking for geodes, because the hiker’s guide said they can be found there.  We didn’t find any, though.



A bit of a cooler day today, but I liked it, climbing a mountain and all.  My calves are going to hurt tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, tomorrow’s our final open house, our Unveiling, 7:30-10!  If you’re in the neighbourhood, we’d love to see you!  (Then it’s off to Lethbridge!)

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The artist at work.

I felt a bit creepy last night, filming Latifa as she worked.  Here’s the video!

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