Gather: Balloons

Gather: Balloons, 2007 – 2009

This work is an archive of digitally scanned clusters of decaying balloons found on the beaches of Toronto Island. These tokens are witness to celebrations, social gatherings of families and friends. The images are a symbol marking life's passages that now remain as memory. What remains in the landscape are the sand-encrusted fragments of balloons, ribbons and other debris: the forgotten detritus of social occasions now reborn in the digital world. This work also references the ways in which botanical specimens and social artifacts are collected and documented. Gather is a contemporary take on the Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities.

Exhibited at the Harbourfront Centre on backlit screens along the shoreline during the Contact Photography Festival, 2009.

Chromogenic prints, 30" x 40" and 40" x 50", edition of five