Tuesday, May 13, 2014


David and Jorden Doody
Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia
Casting Workshop

Well, the Four Housewives of the Apocalypse are home, settled back into the livingroom and startling visitors.  They survived the trip home and seem none the worse for wear.

Now I am in a percolating stage.  I recently took a workshop given by Vancouver 'Surreal Assemblage' artists, Jorden and David Doody.  After seeing their work at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery (along with artists Norm Barney, Dagmara Genda, Karine Giboulo, Catherine Heard, James Kirkpatrick, Ron Noganosh and Chris Stones in the exhibition Curiouser and Curiouser ), I was thrilled to find that Jorden and David were offering a casting workshop at the JNAAG.  

As I had hoped, it was a LOT of fun spending the afternoon with other artists and the Doodys, messing around with plaster.  In addition to a bear tongue and flamingo eyes, I made a plaster cast of my hand.  Not many things phase me, but holding a cast of my right hand is a little creepy.  I was supposed to place the cast of my hand into a shadowbox that I made at the workshop and email the Doodys a photo of the finished project, but I have been unable to do so.  When I was a teenager, I had a recurring nightmare that my eyes were in the palm of my hands.  My plaster hand and the film Pan's Labyrinth are tangled up in my head right now. 

I went to Curiouser and Curiouser to finally see the work of my friend, Norm Barney.

 Norm Barney's Squirrel Heaven.

My favourite Jorden and David Doody piece

As I meandered through Curiouser and Curiouser  the first AND second time, I knew I had finally found members of my tribe. I understood the language. The last time I felt such a thrill was at an exhibition in 2011 at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pandora's Box: Joseph Cornell.

So what's next for me?  Well, I really enjoyed making the video for The Four Housewives of the Apocalypse and I would like to create another video for the upcoming juried art show at the Thames Art Gallery, Eye for Art 2014.  And I have a few more mannequin parts left.  And I just bought a WW1 military trunk.  We shall see.

You really need to check out the work of Jorden and David Doody's work at Two Artists and Norm Barney's work at Norm Barney.  Prepare to be amazed.