In a current series of photographs, felted animals and their wool pelts narrate scenes that are set either in their natural surroundings or a recreating of it. Using Icelandic wool I process the raw fiber right after shearing and prepare a felted textile that I hand sew, needle felt, and then steam into a final sculpture. Working with felt and posing the animals in action is reminiscent of my childhood games. A world where toy animals turn to life when left unattended, still rules my imagination.
“Tales for Tuktu” depicts the plight of the caribou (tuktu in Inuktitut) based on a trip to the Canadian Arctic. A Canada Council Grant led me to Baffin Island with the intent to observe the caribou in their habitat. In an area where large numbers once roamed I encountered only one to whom this series is dedicated to. She stands alone and preserved in a museum diorama. Scenes of a tapirs’ unwelcome visit, a herd of caribou spooked by a polar bear pelt, an aftermath of a trophy hunt, and seals fleeing from human entanglement are about riddles the animals are facing in the arctic. In a separate developing series “In Sheep’s Clothing” the wool pelt of a wolf, a Kermode bear ( subspecies of the American black bear ) and a polar bear are near life sized and are often worn by a human figure or there is an ominous hint of one near by. These photographs are captured outdoors on location that is native to the represented animal in Iceland, and the rainforest of coastal British Columbia. The animals in both series are in distress caused by a negative human interaction and a balanced coexistence is in question.