Seeds All Together Now - Side by Side, all four


A public project for the City of Calgary to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chinatown in 2010. Chinatown was a visible site of marginalization in Calgary, having moved three times. The Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada was repealed in 1947. The paintings were produced using colours observed from Chinatown as a place, often using archival photos as a basis. The figure's identities are obscured, expressing various states or moods. As viewers leave the downtown core, the images of figures can be read as individuals or groups. What makes a community? Who belongs? In another series, the Chinese Lantern plant is depicted. A plant which blooms in winter, it makes an ideal metaphor for immigration, as it originates from Asia, and has adapted to a cold Canadian climate.