Wednesday, January 30, 2008

warmings project photo and mixed media

We are interested in pursuing the idea of a speculative near-future culture: Refugees from the South moving North out of necessity, Northerners’ lives transformed –the coming-together and hybridization of the two cultures. What type of society, spirituality, economies and food-production will develop? What forms of ritual will arise? How long will it take a new generation to forget the (post)industrial culture that we live in? How will people live? What will be their mythologies? What will be their crises and solutions?
We have been developing a visual language to look at these possibilities. We are furthering these examinations by developing architecture, using video, making costumes, devising ritual and objects of worship, creating a future-mythology and the language that will accompany it using sculpture, installation, photography and mixed-media work. Land (150acres of clear-cut forest) has been acquired in the Claybelt of the James Bay Lowlands (100km north of Timmins, Ontario) to be used as a prototype & art-site for further explorations of these ideas.
As the Warmings get worse, and people more desperate, such a society would evolve through further OutsideWorld disintegration and its own isolation. To see transformation through necessity, vigilance in the people and animals portrayed –a New Order: warrior/sentinels, weighty princesses, venerated hagulas. We want to develop (an apocalyptic) language using costume, objects, movement, installation and architectural forms, and to place them in this Nordic, unknown boreal/post-boreal future.
Maihyet Burton

For Maihyet Burton, art has been a way of life. Although not formerly trained, as the daughter of noted Canadian painter Dennis Burton and installation artist/OCAD instructor Diane Pugen, she received much of her education growing up in a home that doubled as a multi-media studio.

Burton’s first love of the visual arts is photography, through which she has explored both landscape and portraits. Her newer work includes maternity photography, with luxurious and haunting depictions of the pregnant female form.

Most recently, she has turned her attention toward the canvas, utilizing a multi-media approach involving paints, needle and thread and photographic collage. Her abstract, often childlike illustrations seek to juxtapose dream imagery with harsh reality, the dark and scary with the fanciful and joyous, and nature with the supernatural.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Toronto and Montreal.

Meanwhile, Burton has worked for over a decade as a designer, manufacturer and retailer of women’s and children’s clothing, and is the owner of Lilith on Toronto’s Queen St. West.