There is an endless volume of visual information encompassing the everyday. Each chance encounter or fleeting observation stakes its claim in the shadows of thought. Perhaps lost from our conscious mind, these moments remain within us and can become protagonists of creative expression. I continuously find myself interested in the notion of the everyday as being both familiar as well as in a constant state of flux. Though we may walk the same route countless times, each occasion holds with it many subtle differences and our surroundings begin to shift— making each journey rich with potential for the unexpected. These moments of difference within the familiar, are signifiers of the modern; donating glimpses into the transient character of our environment. What I have found most interesting about this idea, is that it seems the more we are able to understand the evolving disposition of our built environments, the more attached we may become to the familiar.
JUNK SERIES is an introspective exploration of these occurrences within the city of Toronto. It is my aim to take influence from the structures, surfaces or objects that seem to have remained in place while the city transforms around them. They are humble relics, often ignored in a city growing newer each day. Whether it be the ancient rusting telephone pole marked with graffiti and etched by the elements, worn numbers on the wall of a shipping container, or coded construction markers painted on a sidewalk— each one carries with it a rich history; every mark an account of time, or suggestion of human tampering. These discoveries form the basis of my paintings. By deconstructing and abstracting these components of our built environment, through painting, I am able to create imagined spaces in which the figure can occupy. These spaces take on a life of their own while they simultaneously reference the worn and neglected features of a city digesting. Each painting then, becomes a visual record of a phase in time and each brings new opportunity for the discarded to become necessity and for the neglected to command our attention.