The Archaic Torso II (2018)
vinyl, the plumb bar, Toronto ON
Photograph: Alison Postma
Installation: Nadine Maher
Collateral is a photographic mural depicting a sheet of fly paper used by a private land owner in the summer of 2021 to deter invasive Lymantria dispar dispar caterpillars from ascending an adult maple tree. An infestation of LDD moths causes considerable damage to hardwood trees, as each specimen consumes up to 1000 square centimetres of foliage in its larval (caterpillar) phase.
As you can see, there are no caterpillars on the fly tape, illustrating the potential consequences of shoot-from-the-hip ecology.
Three Sisters (2022)
1. Home Depot
2. Canadian Tire
3. No Frills
A play on the prevalence of naming groups of mountains "Three Sisters"—there’s a group in Canmore, Alberta, a group in Elk Valley, BC, and a group in the Oregon Cascades, to name a few. To intensify the theatricality of this naming process, I imply in this work that Three Sisters is a reference to the Three Fates of Greek mythology: Clotho (the Spinner), Lachesis (the Allotter), and Atropos (the Inflexible). I also added a fourth image to point to the arbitrariness of naming geographic landmarks.