Pure100 was inspired by nature and my time in Banff National Park while participated in the "Emerging Artist" Residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
*this work was made with generous assistance from the Banff Centre and the Saskatchewan Arts Board
sketch, snow on a spruce tree (middle), topographic map of Banff National Park (right)
Detail of one of the "Hot Spring Puddles" (Raku Fired Ceramic) I made at the Banff Centre
Sulphur Mountain in Banff is home to sulphur spring pools. These pools contain unique micro ecosystems unlike anything on earth. They are home to colourful blue and green algae, pink bacteria, delicate orchid blooms, floating crusts, bubbling water and snail species that isn't found anywhere else.
I wandered through the forest after a heavy snowfall. The snow around me was blank, pure and undisturbed. I was spooked when I heard thumping and groans around me. Only to find that it was the trees dropping the snow they were carrying on their limbs onto the blank canvas below
found abstract composition made by the trees
for the first few weeks in Banff it snowed every evening. Every morning I watched as a caretaker shoveled and sculpted an ever changing snow pile.
-this inspired my snow mound sculpture
went for a walk along a frozen creek and discovered some beautiful found abstractions in the ice and creek bed.