1,000 catastrophes, 2009

antique bell jar, wood, custom electronics, paper

71” x 25.5” x 25”

This work originated from the saying attributed to Mark Twain “I suffered a thousand catastrophes, most of them never happened.” As the viewer approaches the work, the 1000 pieces of paper inside the belljar swirl in a type of tornado until the viewer moves away. On each piece of paper is a real or a perceived personal catastrophe. The confessional nature of the text echoes the book by Sylvia Path, The Belljar.

Exhibition History

2011    Elements of Chance. 7th Biennale of Montréal. Montréal, Québec

2009    moving still. Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Ontario