The Artist Ranch Project is an initiative designed to create a discourse about western heritage and values for the 21st century while inviting contemporary artists to reexamine what it means to experience Western Canada from a traditional perspective… our western heritage and the majesty of our physical environment.
Contemporary artists are invited each year to visit and experience a working ranch in Alberta. They spend the year creating artworks inspired by the experience, and exhibit them at the following Calgary Stampede Western Showcase exhibition.
The Western Rider
Screenprint - 2011
The Cowboy, wearing half-armor, is modeled after Albrecht Dürer’s famous print, The Rider, which depicts the ideal knight. In the West, the Cowboy embodies the romantic ideal ofthe Knight. However, this is part of a nostalgic past, as traditional ranching is replaced by more mechanized and modern methods.
Screen print - 2011
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Science and nature inspire my art. My work investigates form and pattern in nature, organisms, and mechanisms. I also investigate the relationship of Man with Nature. I create dialectic between natural structures and man-made constructions. This opposition appears formal in contrasting organic shapes against Euclidean, rigid structures, but underneath is often a commentary on the relationship between human society and the natural environment.