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1990–1999


FROM SEARCH HOUSES TO MYTHIC CYCLES

As the decade commenced, a major installation was presented at Artefect Gallery in Toronto for THINGS FALL APART/THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD - an exhibition themed on ecology. Within the Environment Without/Without the Environment Within grew throughout the exhibition’s duration; grasses and small plants, nurtured in the studio prior to the show, were replanted into earth inserted into the Dome of Identity.

The first Seer Lodge, crafted as the 80s concluded, was quickly followed by others in this series and by the first of: Lunar Lodge, Anchoress Tower and Anchorite Tower.

All the Lodges and Towers would have, in common, an isolated whole or fragmented figure held within an environmental structure metaphorically attesting to its intention whether of outlook and search, withdrawal and protection, or fertility and awareness.

With the major works came a plethora of studies of Towers, Anchorites/Anchoress, Fossilizations, and the first outpouring of Torso Shells and Lunar Figures.

The Guardian and the Portal/Pathway works also continued and expanded. In 1995, major works from all series, along with selected studies, were presented in a massive, solo, invitational exhibition, at the SSC Gallery at the Exchange Tower in downtown Toronto. With this exhibition came an offer to join the Sculptors Society of Canada - this organization has become another major factor in the overall sculptural practice.

In 1997, at the Zinc Gallery (across the road from the AGO), an exhibition of major works and studies from the Lunar Lodge series was presented. The same year, these works along with new pieces from the Gazer, Portal, and Tower series were shown at the Canadian Sculpture Centre.

Fusion Figures and Headworks (both series from life models) had also proliferated in this decade and many had become parts of Portal/Pathway and Split Gazer works. As well, mythic and animalistic distortion became more pronounced.

WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT / WITHOUT THE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN
1990
alumina cement, steel, enamel color, sand, earth, grass & cress
31 x 75 x 75 inches



 

left:  INTRINSIC PORTAL
1991
bronze, glass, steel, wood, stone
81 x 36 x 16 inches

right: SEER LODGE 2
1991
gypsum cement, wood, steel, cane, jute, oil colour
80 x 48 x 48 inches

 

 

left: ANCHORESS TOWER 1
1990
alumina cement, wood, steel, stone
76 x 18 x 16 inches

right: ANCHORITE TOWER 1
1994
alumina cement, wood, gypsum compound,
oil colour
84 x 18 x 18 inches

 

 

left: ANCHORESS STUDY 2
1994
gypsum cement, oil colour
13.5 inches high

right: ANCHORITE STUDY 5
1994
gypsum cement, oil colour
18 inches high

 

 

left: ANCHORITE STUDY 7
1994
alumina cement, oil colour
13 inches high

right: ANCHORITE STUDY 8
1994
alumina cement, oil colour
14 inches high

 

 

left: PORTAL PROTECTOR 3
1991
bronze, steel, wood, stone, oil/wax
44 x 28 x 8 inches

right: PORTAL PROTECTOR 4
1991
bronze, steel, stone, nylon, oil/wax
37 x 27 x 7 inches

 

 

left: PORTALS PERVASIVE – FRUSTRATION
1991
gypsum cement, wood, jute, oil colour
30 x 22 x 4 inches

right: PORTALS PERVASIVE – PERDITION
1991
gypsum cement, wood, jute, oil colour
30 x 22 x 6 inches

 

 

left: PORTAL PROTEST
1991
bronze, steel, alumina cement, oil
85 x 26.5 x 14 inches

right: PORTAL ROUNDABOUT
1995
bronze, steel, oil colour
87 x 20.5 x 7 inches

 

 

 

SEER LODGE 3 – VESTIGE
1992
gypsum cement, wood, steel, copper, stone, oil colour

84 x 36 x 24 inches

 

 

 

 

LUNAR LODGE 1
1993
gypsum cement, steel, gypsum/perlite compound, oil colour
90 x 26 x 16 inches

 

 

 

 

left: GAZER INTERACTION - ABOVE THE OTHER
1995
bronze, alumina cement, steel, wood, resin colour

95 x 48 x 16 inches

right: GAZER INTERACTION - ABOVE THE SPLIT
1995
bronze, steel, wood, stone, resin colour
98 x 19 x 16 inches

 

 

 

PATHWAY OF DUALITIES
1995
alumina cement, steel, fiber, wood, resin colour
81 x 73 x 15 inches

 

 

 

PATHWAYS OF INTERACTION
1995
gypsum cement, steel, wood, fiber, resin colour
105 x 80 x 20 inches

 

 

 

 

left: PORTAL PATH OF EQUILIBRIUM
1995 - bronze steel, wood, fiber, gypsum cement, resin colour
76 x 30 x 30 inches 
                                      
right: DJED GAZER 1
1997
gypsum cement, wood, steel, resin
83 x 38 x 10 inches

 

 

 

left: DJED GAZER 3
1997
bronze, steel, alumina cement
85 x 24.5 x 10 inches

right: GUARDIAN OF THE PORTAL PASSAGE 2
1998
bronze, stone, steel, wood, oil colour
93.5 x 30 x 14 inches

 

 

 

left: LUNAR LODGE 3 (detail)
1997
gypsum cement, steel, wood, oil/resin
90.5 x 31 x 16 inches

right: LUNAR LODGE 2 (detail)
1997
gypsum cement, steel, wood, oil/resin
90.5 x 31 x 16 inches

 

 

left: LUNAR PANEL 1
1997
gypsum cement, oil colour
22 x 18 x 4 inches

right: LUNAR PANEL 4
1997
gypsum cement, oil colour
22 x 18 x 5 inches

 

 

 

left: LUNAR LODGE 4
1997
gypsum cement, wood, steel, oil/resin
102 x 40 x 9 inches

right: LUNAR LODGE 5
1997 - gypsum cement, wood, oil/resin colour
105 x 41 x 12 inches


 

left: FUSION FIGURE 1
1994
alumina cement, oil colour, wood
40 inches high

right: FUSION FIGURE 3
1994
gypsum cement, oil colour, wood
39 inches high

 

 

 

HEADWORKS:
JADSON, RUTH, (above)
SUSAN, GLORIA (below)
c.1995

alumina cement, steel rack, oil colour
life size

 

 

left: SPLIT GAZER 6
1994
alumina cement, oil colour, steel
76 inches high

right: SPLIT GAZER 8
1995
alumina cement, oil colour, steel
76 inches high

 

 

SPLIT GAZER 4
1992
gypsum cement, oil colour
27 inches high

 

 

left: SPLIT GAZER – ELEMENTAL
1992
alumina cement, steel, slate, glass
81 x 16 x 12 inches

right: SPLIT GAZER – WITHIN THE BEYOND
1995
alumina cement, steel, oil colour
74 x 21 x 16 inches

 

 

 

GAZER EMERGENCE
1997
bronze, steel, oil colour
16 inches high

 

 

SPLIT GAZER 16
1999
claystone, steel, resin colour
27 x 12 x 9 inches

 

 

 

left: GAZER EXCESS 3, 2, 1
right: GAZER EXCESS 3, 4
1997
resin/gypsum, steel, plastic
18 – 24 inches tall

 

 

 

 

left: TOWER STUDY 2
1995
bronze, stone
13.25 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches

right: TOWER STUDY 3
1995
bronze
14 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches

 

 

 

SPLIT GAZER 13, 14, 15
1997
claystone, steel, mahogany, oil
15-16 inches tall

 

 

 

THE ANCHORITE’S TOWER PATH
1997
gypsum cement, steel, wood, fiber, resin & oil colour
96 x 96 x 48 inches

 

 

left: STAFF CONFIGURATION – KEEPER OF THE LIGHT
1999
bronze, steel, alumina cement, wax
75 x 17 x 9.5 inches

right: STAFF CONFIG. – GUARDIAN OF THE TREASURE
1999
bronze, steel, alumina cement, wax
76 x 17.5 x 13 inches

 

 

 

left: SUMMIT GAZER 1
1999
bronze, steel
74 x 16 x 16 inches

right: SUMMIT GAZER 2
1999
bronze, steel, alumina cement
80 x 23 x 12 inches

 

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