Outgrow 3" Sticker
Outgrow 3" Sticker
Outgrow 3" Sticker

Outgrow 3" Sticker

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A part of Bertie’s VICISSITUDES collection.

“We notice that we have grown. Our old environment doesn’t fit as it once did. Perhaps there are relationships, commitments, or decisions that no longer fit in this space. We’ve left some of these behind and yet our life feels fuller than before. This step often surprises us when we realize it has arrived: we’ve grown. There is no longer a need to resist change. In fact, we have no desire to go back to the way things were. We are ready to stretch beyond the constraints.”

This illustration is paired with the “Extend” photograph. Together they make up the fourth step of change: we are ready to stretch beyond our current situation or environment, which now feels too small.

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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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