Group of Seven Awkward Moments

In this new series "Group of Seven Awkward Moments", I investigate the relationship between the Canadian landscape and national identity. Reproductions of paintings by the famous Canadian collective The Group of Seven are used as backdrops to the dioramas I photograph.

It is through the use of the collective's iconic northern landscapes, which have come to symbolize Canada as a nation, combined with scenes of accidents, disasters, and bad weather that gives the work its edge. By pairing the tranquility of traditional landscape painting with black humour, the work conjures up topical and universally familiar landscapes fraught with anxiety and contradictions.

Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Early Snow with Bob and Doug)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Early Snow with Bob and Doug)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Avro Arrow at Sombre Hill)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Avro Arrow at Sombre Hill)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Beavers and Woo at Tanoo)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Beavers and Woo at Tanoo)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Birches in Winter Algonquin Park)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Birches in Winter Algonquin Park)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Byng Inlet)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Byng Inlet)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Davis Strait)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Davis Strait)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Fatal Accident near Ski Tracks)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Fatal Accident near Ski Tracks)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Grey Owl and Anahareo at Beaver Swamp)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Grey Owl and Anahareo at Beaver Swamp)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (In Algonquin Park)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (In Algonquin Park)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Jack Pine)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Jack Pine)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Lake and Mountains with Double-double)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Lake and Mountains with Double-double)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Maples and Birches with Winnie and the Pooh)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Maples and Birches with Winnie and the Pooh)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (March Storm Georgian Bay)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (March Storm Georgian Bay)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Mirror Lake)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Mirror Lake)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Nickel Belt Trailer Park)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Nickel Belt Trailer Park)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Northern Lights)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Northern Lights)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Northern River)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Northern River)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (The West Wind)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (The West Wind)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (White Pine and the Group of Dwarfs)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (White Pine and the Group of Dwarfs)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Winter at Sombre Hill)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Winter at Sombre Hill)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Winter on the Don)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Winter on the Don)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Fire Swept Algoma)
Group of Seven Awkward Moments (Fire Swept Algoma)