Last year I had the pleasure of being a featured artist at Galerie Marc Gosselin in his Programmation 2019. My exhibit Ways of Dealing was a sample collection of mixed media collage and digital collage pieces created between 2018 and 2019.
At its root, Ways of Dealing meditated on deconstruction, assembly and construction, all as a means to make sense of the surrounding material world. All the pieces are conversations with myself. In them, I am creating illusions and challenging spaces, guided by colour and preexisting lines. The collection features portals, pathways, thresholds and houses as well as the occasional figure, either an anonymous silhouette or an icon, like a mother.
The collection is very diary-like to me because producing collages became a weekly practice if not a daily practice at the time, and each collage can transport me back to the mindset that surrounded its creation. Featured in the show was a Dream Log displayed on a pedestal, consisting of 45 collages. This smaller format, homemade book (a gift) became a place where I could create ongoing narratives through collage, pasting new and different collages back-to-back, on every page. Being able to hold the finished object, bursting open and so full of proof of days gone by almost made me grieve its completion.
This might be where the name comes from. It’s the daily build-up of many highs and many lows – the evidence of sincere processing. This collection shows that at least in time, there are ways to deal.