I have been cleaning out my apartment, and I went through my old keepsake box from university, and found this 10 year old Kate Beaton comic from the Mount Allison student paper The Argosy!

Yesterday I finished off my residency with an open studio visit; thank to everyone who came out to see what I was up to the past six weeks!

more Detroit activities…

1. Motown Museum

2. Belle Isle Conservatory

3.Ford Fireworks Display (celebrating the relationship between Canada and America)

4. Beck at the Fox Theatre

5. Andy Warhol’s record cover exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum

6. Lafayette and American Coney Island

Farewell, Detroit! It’s been great!

Farewell, Detroit! It’s been great!

some random Detroit activities…

1. Detroit Tigers game (my first baseball game EVER)

2. The Garden Bowl (oldest continuously operating bowling alley in America and early stage for The White Stripes)

3. Heidelberg Project

4. Rosa Park’s bus at The Henry Ford Museum

Detroit wild flower bouquet!

Detroit wild flower bouquet!

from the Henry Ford Museum

from the Henry Ford Museum

Mulberry tree on the block is weighed down with ripe berries… mmmmmm

Mulberry tree on the block is weighed down with ripe berries… mmmmmm

Watching Ancient Aliens in the studio today. They just went from the founding fathers of America were influenced by the science of the Enlightenment so many believed in the possibility of life existing on other planets to George Washington met an alien.

Amazing.

This is an experimental piece I produced here in Detroit. I am trying to avoid exploiting the cliche of what Detroiters refer to as ‘blight porn’ by focusing more on the greenery and nature that has returned to the city. It’s very sad to see the empty lots and think of what the city has lost, but at the same time it really provides a unique opportunity for growth and rebirth. The city is already starting to bounce back, and I think something really amazing is going to come out of this. Hopefully this piece comes across more optimistic than just another ‘hey look at all these buildings that are falling apart isn’t that cool’ artwork.

This is an experimental piece I produced here in Detroit. I am trying to avoid exploiting the cliche of what Detroiters refer to as ‘blight porn’ by focusing more on the greenery and nature that has returned to the city. It’s very sad to see the empty lots and think of what the city has lost, but at the same time it really provides a unique opportunity for growth and rebirth. The city is already starting to bounce back, and I think something really amazing is going to come out of this. Hopefully this piece comes across more optimistic than just another ‘hey look at all these buildings that are falling apart isn’t that cool’ artwork.