Solo exhibition ‘Summer Smoke and Paint’, Rebecca Gallery, Toronto
This particular body of work was inspired by the Tennessee Williams’s play Summer and Smoke produced by the Shaw festival.
There is no curtain except for intermission and other divisions of the play should be accomplished by changes of lighting. Production Notes from Tennessee Williams for Summer and Smoke, 1948
Between scenes, light is filtered through a screen onto the darkened stage, casting an irregular ovoid pattern of warm and cool white light, surrounded by a ground of varying brown and black tones, evoking the feel of smoke. The effect arouses a tsunami of emotion in a quiet expanse of space. Similarly, the successive pauses between acts propel the viewer into the darkest compartment of the psychological interior. Non-action and the sleight of illumination incite a reflection on irreversible change. Such is the kindling for this body of work.