Moving Forward, Looking Backward, 2011 - 2012

Metal, Styrofoam, cement, rustable paint

12 feet high, 5 feet wide, with axle about 16 feet long


This sculpture is based on a specific artifact from ancient China and deals with my understanding of time as a continuum. As our future unfolds, our past recedes at an equal rate. Humans carry the past forward while animals are totally engaged in the present. This sculpture consists of three elements, a wagon, a human figure and an animal – in a stylized but recognizable shape.

It deals metaphorically with the human desire to keep time and make sense of it – and the necessity to do so.


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Bus Shelter in Halifax with retroActive poster!
Thinking Back to Gertrude and Henrie, 2015
Installation View retroActive with Threshold, 2015; Civilization, 1990/91; PaperMoney, 2012
Wait of Water by John Greer, 2014 Bay of Fundy Detail of Wait of Water, October 9th, 2014; retroActive tied up, tide down, looking back across the bay where the piece was first realized in 1972
National Gallery of Canada : THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
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