galleries > behind closed doors

solo exhibit at the Dale Smith Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.

“Doorways symbolize the scene of passing from one state to another, from one world to another, from the known to the unknown, from light to darkness. Doors open upon the mysterious, but they have a dynamic psychological quality for they not only indicate a threshold but invite us to cross it. It is an invitation to a voyage into the beyond” (Jean Chevalier & Alain Gheerbrant, Penguin Dictionary of Symbols).

I am fascinated by doors and passageways, which have always been charged with cultural significance the world over. I am especially interested in what they reveal about us, not to mention the dreams and speculations they provoke when closed tight. Humans, it seems, ceaselessly seek change by penetrating or leaving both physical and metaphorical spaces. Is it because we are inherently risk-seeking, unhappy or just plain curious? Whatever the reason, everything in life we yearn for – the obtainable as well as the unobtainable – can only be found by opening a door. We will always want to know what is behind the door…

when saints do not love
mixed-media on wood
2009
uncertainty
mixed-media on wood
2009
the cloud above
mixed-media on wood
2009
the puppet queen
mixed-media on wood
2009
the island
mixed-media on wood
2009
the beards come out
mixed-media on wood
2009
take-off
mixed-media on wood
2009
number 25
mixed-media on wood
2009
mother and child
mixed-media on wood
2009
in the garden
mixed-media on wood
2009
husband
mixed-media
2009
perfect siblings
mixed-media
2009
floating above
mixed-media
2009
at the ball
mixed-media
2009