Re-Envisioning Hamilton's Dirty Reputation
As a visual artist, I have a keen interest in perception. Coming from a background in psychology, many of my works are open to be absorbed and perceived as the viewer sees fit. Other times, I slightly alter the landscape to encourage a particular reading of the image or subject.
In my York Blvd. Series, the viewer can engage with the images as painterly and as vibrant as the city of Hamilton itself. The idea is to be contradictory to the familiar negative connotation that the city has been hidden under. Many people turn up their noses when I mention I live in Hamilton. I'll even admit I was reluctant to move to a place that was designated 'the steel city'. However, once I had a chance to discover all the wonders Hamilton has to offer, I became eager to change peoples' minds about it. I want to bring Hamilton, including its harbour, out of a sea of steel and smoke, and even away from typical perceptions of beauty. In these images, the focus is to isolate the movement of the city lights against an industrial background. The movement creates its own abstract story, artistically sweeping the landscape and dancing against the royal blue evening sky and the steel city's iconic imagery.