Carved in Stone.

An Aboriginal belief is that the gifts of rock are strength, wisdom, power and love. Many cultures seem to agree when they choose stone to build monuments to their gods, erect important buildings or to carve sculptures to enhance their parks and landscapes. They all sense the power and beauty of stone.

Sanctuary
Title: Sanctuary.
Icons of Power
Title: Icons of Power.

These photomontages depict stone sculptures and architectural fragments of ruins found in Canada, Mexico, Ireland, France and Italy. While many of these images explore the role of landscape in forging western cultural identity, they also sing the praises of stone.

Minter Gardens
Title: Minter Gardens.
The Long Walk
Title: The Long Walk.

The silent and strong image of stone is undermined when one examines the worn faces and crumbling architectural details, and the indecipherable names on headstones. The popular term, “carved in stone”, suggesting forever, seems suspect. Like everything else, stone is subject to its environment. Sadly, nothing temporal is forever, but the ephemeral gifts of stone live on.

Versailles Urn. Triptych
Title: Versailles Urn. Triptych.
Fragments of Paris
Title: Fragments of Paris.

A solo exhibition at the historic Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC. January 7 to 26, 2003.