Shift - 2004

Wool felt (foreground/floor)
Dimensions: 37cm x 321cm x 508cm (15" x 10'6" x 16'6")
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
Exhibition history: The Koffler Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2004, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, Sudbury, ON, 2004, Foreman Art Gallery, Bishop's University, Lennoxville, PQ, 2005, St. Francis Xavier University Gallery, Antigonish, NS, 2009, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, 2012

Shift translates a damask design originally meant for a fine linen table cloth into five hundred identical floral motifs cut from thick industrial wool felt and arranged on the floor. The motifs, simplified and enlarged, are used as component blocks to build a patterned field that blurs the distinction between the cultural and the natural. The work refers to carpets and other floor coverings while also suggesting a mesa-like landscape or tiered garden. Ornamental motifs are laid end-to-end and stacked to create a soft stepped terrain whose accumulated fragments coalesce into a potentially unstable and shifting ground.