Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto, Ontario, 2018.
Special thanks to Peter Yu for the photography.
“Do I know you?” is a rather common form of address. When we are mistaken for someone else, we may be reminded of our random status, and interchangeability. Although such interactions are often awkward, it can also be pleasant to muse for a moment, long enough to explore the possibility of being someone else. This exhibition of paintings and sculptures explores identity and the embodiment of human presence. The sculptures examine the theme of “altar” as a representation of relationships and desire. Similar to the silhouette of a person, the altar is vertical and hierarchical, existing in a place of prominence, symbolizing a divine presence through visual language. In our personal relationships, we often express love as a divine impulse. Evidence of human desire is readily observed in acts of love, anger, and the memorialization of the deceased. What was once tangible is made invisible through death. In these paintings and sculptures, the memory of a beloved person becomes manifest, embodied, internal, and vestigial.