Boundaries 3" Sticker
Boundaries 3" Sticker
Boundaries 3" Sticker

Boundaries 3" Sticker

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A part of Bertie’s VICISSITUDES collection.

“Now that we have uncovered a new part of ourselves, it’s time to let others know and carve out an environment that will allow for this new shape to take place. For so many of us, this is the most difficult work and it is ongoing. This illustration is meant to offer strength and power to show up as our authentic selves and to set boundaries rooted in values for a more accepting, open, and curious world. These hands protect a deep personal truth that we have uncovered.”

This illustration is paired with the “Protect” photograph. Together they make up the third step of change: the choice of letting people in, communicating new needs and upholding new boundaries with care.

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About this Collection

Sometimes creativity is stifled when we are focused on the outcome. So for this residency, I have kept repeating to myself: “nothing serious, nothing serious, nothing serious”. I am focusing on playing. I am focusing on the process. It’s been quite the mental exercise to let go of outcome. I took it really literally and ended up spending the month playing with toys! 🤪

For the month of September 2023 I was spending my time in Sweetpea Gallery's Greenhouse as the artist in residence. My project in the Greenhouse has now come to an end, and I couldn’t be happier with the results 🦕🦖

This project started with a vague idea: photographing objects and having fun/bringing playfulness to my practice😁

I wanted to take a side quest from my usual work (if you know my work you know I thrive with my creative portraiture). It’s easier to make people look interesting in photos because they are dynamic! 📸 We can incorporate movement, expressions and emotions. Photographing inanimate objects and still making them feel dynamic and emotional was the challenge I needed to step outside of comfort.

I chose toys because this whole project was meant to be playful. It was meant to remind me not to take myself too seriously. I decided to spray paint them and play with coloured lighting to encourage the emotional component of the photographs. I chose to do multiple exposures to bring in movement and and make these inanimate objects dynamic.

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