> Retrievals and Alterations


Retrievals and Alterations revisits both the side characters in the biographies of historical figures and some of the black sheep of my own ancestry. The images are drawn primarily from old photographs.

Last year I completed and sold a painting with the full title “My Spinster Aunt Who was also a Seamstress for Eatons.” My great aunt Doreen made her own money by doing repairs and alternations for the now defunct Canadian Department Store. She never married and died of breast cancer. I never met her but I dedicated a mixed media portrait to my long deceased releative.

My aunt did repairs and alterations. It is my effort in this series to retrieve figures of the past to repair or alter the story told by the cameraman, the artist or the historical narrative. To aid me in this task I employ some of the same tools as my aunt; needle, thread and fabric.