Manual Labour is a video loop comprised of black and white still images depicting an elderly labourer at work and rest at a residential construction site in east Vancouver. The silent procession of images is interrupted briefly when the homeowners arrive for a site visit. The video loop has been exhibited as a projection, and installed in the window of a door to a gallery that remained closed for the duration of the exhibition.
In Dollar Store Still Life, cheap plastic dollar store goods made in overseas factories and imported in bulk by the container load stand in for the perishable delicacies and unique objects of luxury typically showcased in traditional Dutch and Flemish genre paintings. The low cost of the objects depicted is stated in the title of each work, e.g.: Dollar Store Still Life with Decorative Fruit and Feathers ($8). In 2016, the artist will revisit the project using goods purchased at a Japanese Two-Dollar store, reflecting on the economic and demographic changes that have occurred over the period of 10 years.
See essay “Still Life with Dollar Store” Still Life, Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver, 2010