Archive for April, 2010

April 28, 2010

Twelfth Night @ Jericho Arts Centre

Well “my” play has been switched from Inherit the Wind to Twelfth Night – but i’m sticking with the theme of evolution (genetic scripture) for the show.

Show will be at Jericho Arts Centre starting June 29.

I’ll probably be finishing work at the eleventh – or twelfth hour – if that’s a segue.

April 21, 2010

Silent Auction of Mary’s Art

As part of the annual Artists in Our Midst on the Westside of Vancouver, I’ve decided to clear out some of my older work – watercolours and acrylic paintings – no (un)reasonable offer refused. Come and check out or email me a bid.

You can bid on a particular piece, or bid for your pick – so if you want only one piece but are open to which one. The highest bidder will get first pick and so on down the way.

Bidding will be on the pieces in the hallway on May 1 and 2. Bidding will close at 6pm on Sunday, May 2. Successful bidders will be notified by Monday, May 3 and asked to pick up their art by Friday, May 7.

Click here to see silent auction items.

Or see some of my other work and photos at the Village Vancouver site.

April 19, 2010

Darwin Tweets; Birds Speak

As I explore evolution as a theme for my mixed media art, I learned that the same gene that’s switched on when baby birds learn to sing is switched on when humans learn to talk. When I told a friend this, he asked: So you’re going to do a picture of Darwin going “tweet”?

The other way around, I said.

This is something of a prototype – I’m experimenting with other ways to temporarily attach magnetic poetry – such as cutting a speech balloon from magnetic paper, using magnetic paper, rare earth magnets or cut metal.

I have in mind that people would feel invited to move the words around.

April 9, 2010

Artist Friends

One of those 6 x 2-degrees of separation things, I met Kate Hemenway at a Co-op Housing Educational conference, and then found two very good friends were connected with her, and today realized 2 others. That would be 5, but who’s counting – She’s coming for tea today, and we’ll probably find at least one more connection.

We’re both artists currently interested in science and portraying scientific ideas in visual art form.

April 7, 2010

Nobel Prize website

This is a really good website for people like me (non scientists) who want to know a bit about DNA.

April 5, 2010

Charles/Carl and Emma (twice)

Working on an art project about Darwin/Evolution/Genetics etc.

A friend mentioned she’d gone to a lecture about Jung and Darwin – and I shared with her that both had wives named Emma (they didn’t cover that in the lecture she went to.) From what I’ve read the marriages were very different, however. Then I realized that Charles and Carl are, in fact, the same name as well.

Here’s some info about the names:

Carl is a popular given name as well as the name of various places. The most popular male variations are Karl, Charles; the popularity stems from the long lines of historical nobility using these names. Carl, or Karl, is a Scandinavian name originating from old Norse, basically meaning “free man” or just “man”.

CARL is a favourite boy’s name in Germany. It has Old German origin. It came from Karl, the German form of Charles. The meaning is “free man”.

The boy’s name Charles \ ch(ar)-les\ is pronounced charlz. It is of Old German origin, and its meaning is “free man”. From “karl“, similar to Old Englishchurl“, meaning “man, serf”. The first Holy Roman Emperor (seventh to eighth century) Charlemagne (Latin Carolus Magnus, meaning “Charles the Great“) was a powerful German leader who created a more ordered society out of the chaos that followed the fall of Rome. He united France and much of central Europe. His widespread fame gave rise to many forms of his name. Charles is the French variant of Carolus or Karolus, adopted by the English especially since the 17thcentury reigns of kings Charles I and II. Charles and its variant forms have been favoured by the royalty of several countries, including the present Prince of Wales. Charlie and Charly are occasionally used for girls. See also Arlo. Naturalist Charles Darwin; French president Charles de Gaulle; author Charles Dickens; actor Charlie Chaplin; basketball player Charles Barkley.

Charles is a very common first name for men (#8 out of 1220) and also a very common last name for both men and women (#537 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

The girl’s name Emma \e(m)-ma\ is pronounced EM-ah. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and its meaning is “entire, universal“. Originally a short form of German names such as Ermintrude. A royal name in medieval England. Emma Peel was a charcter in the 1960s British TV series “The Avengers”. Literary: title character of the Jane Austen romance novel “Emma”. Actresses Emma Samms, Emma Thompson; singer Emmylou Harris.

Emma has 26 variant forms: Em, Ema, Emalinda, Emelina, Emeline, Emelyne, Emmalee, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emmalynne, Emme, Emmeleia, Emmeline, Emmelyn, Emmelyne, Emmet, Emmett, Emmette, Emmi, Emmie, Emmot, Emmott, Emmy, Emmye and Ima.

Emma is a very common first name for women (#134 out of 4276) and also a very common last name for both men and women (#27744 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

April 4, 2010

Funism and Stuckism

I recently heard the term “Stuckism” at a C.G. Jung Society lecture and finally got around to googling. Thereby encountering another new word: Funism.

I like the definition:

Funism and Stuckism both promote enjoyable and accessible art firmly rooted in our own times, believing that art should be as much fun to look at as it is to think about, and intellectually engaging and challenging without being elitist.

A little shocked to do a second google search and see this item appear on Page 2.

Anyhow, here’s an excerpt from


Net Art – early 1990s-Present
Massurrealism – early 1990s-Present
Artefactoria – 1990/91-Present
Toyism – 1992-Present
Lowbrow – ca. 1994-Present
New Leipzig School – mid-1990s-Present
Tiki Art – 1996-Present
Bitterism – 1998-Present
Stuckism – 1999-Present


Thinkism – September 12, 2001-Present
Funism – ca. 2002-Present
April 3, 2010

Magnetic Poetry

I was working on a piece representing the idea that the same gene that is switched on when baby birds are learning to sing is the one that’s switched on when humans are learning language. Then I had the idea of having words come from the bird’s mouth – and then I had the idea of having the magnetic words interactive – i.e. mounted on metal. This is a prototype, but I’m rather pleased at how it’s coming along.

This is one I started a year ago. I feel it looks either underwater or in outerspace and made me think of Avatar: I see you.  I may yet use I see you (or eye sea yew) but for some as yet unknown reason, these 4 words seemed to fit.

April 3, 2010

Collage workshop

I love seeing what other people do with the things I collect and share at collage workshops. Three entirely different approaches to collage today.

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