The triptych BELIEVING IS BELIEVING was shown as part of the FRASER VALLEY BIENNALE 2019




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Believing is believing



She dreamed she was painting the edges of her dreams



Beliefs are ideas or opinions we accept as being true. Advertising, religion, politics, and sports all rely on our human desire to feel part of a group. Shared beliefs help us feel accepted, even if what is believed is not necessarily true. In other words, in our political and economic culture, ‘the truth’—however unreasonable—becomes whatever we choose to believe. The danger our civilization faces is that it has become morally acceptable to manipulate false identification and belief for the short-term benefit of a few, regardless of the consequences for the planet as a whole.




All those tons of concrete could not shield the darkness from the light



A photograph is a kind of transaction between the subject, the photographer, and the viewer. There must be a certain trust amongst the parties involved. Sometimes a subject may be doing something shady, and the photographer must be unobtrusive to avoid being shot by the subject. Ultimately the photographer owes it to both the subject and the viewer to be honest.




As if a thousand holy words could kill the memory of what he had done



Words can trap meaning and reduce experiences to second-hand interpretations. They impose themselves like uninvited guests who spoil the party. They can destroy intimacy. Captions and text create the illusion of a superior power that make us believe in an authority that doesn’t exist; they make us doubt our own experience.  Words are the primary form of artificial intelligence.




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