"Wish You Were Here" is a series of paintings that I made into greeting cards to celebrate Toronto's neighbourhood Thorncliffe Park, which is an underprivileged, overpopulated community of newcomer Canadians. These are contour drawings of my favourite places, which I scanned and then layered on top of gouache paintings.
Calm, Calm and Not
This series is of a synesthesia as a response of colours to sound. As an active observer of the environment around me, I find myself very insightfully associating the sounds I hear to how it makes me feel – the two most commonly identifiable feelings being calm and anxious. The process of creating “Calm, Calm and Not” consists of recording raw sounds that make me feel calm: the lake, walking in downtown; and then sounds that make me feel anxious: phone beeping and alarm ringing.
I used these four sounds to compose a three-minute music piece, which I then listened to while directly creating three paintings that I intuitively responded to with the music. Then, I created a three-minute film from the paintings using similar approach and techniques as in the “Make the Familiar Strange” project. As all four sounds and all three images overlapped to create the final piece, it reflects the complexity of feelings and reactions to everyday observances, especially of sounds, as they relate to one another.