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Oak

This collection celebrates the noble oak as an important plant ally for both my First Nations and French colonial ancestors.  The oak tree provided food and shelter for birds and mammals prized by hunters, lumber for building and heating, and acorns - a traditional food source for Aboriginal peoples.

The many works in this collection explore the recombinant possibilities of similar, but not identical elements (akin to DNA). Acorn caps were painted various colours, sanded with a dremel, rimmed in gold paint and scanned. Digital images of the caps were then grouped into diamond-shaped ‘families’ and subsequently into ‘communities’ where each colour was given equal weight.