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Today is the reception day of my exhibition at Maison Taché in Quebec. So many of my wonderful french friends that I haven’t seen in years will be attending, which makes this even more exciting.  I can’t wait to let you know how everything goes!

The featured piece today is Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 1 and Donna Partridge who is the manager at the Vancouver Art Gallery, rental and sales has offered these words to accompany the image. Donna is a very special person in my life as she has been an early believer in my work. She has opened the door to many opportunities and introduced me to so many wonderful artists. It’s been amazing to learn from her experience and to bend her ear with all of my questions. Donna has chosen a poem by Wendell Berry to describe this piece.


When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night
at the least sound in fear of what my life
and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water,
and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light.

For a time I rest
in the grace of the world,
and am free.

the peace of wild things

Wendell Berry


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Last day until the opening reception! I am taking care of my “girly things” today like doing my nails and washing my hair. I usually leave these superficial tasks to the last minute and run out of time.

The featured piece today is Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 2. Brian Howell took the time to put into words his feelings about this image. Brian is a very talented photographer who has captivated me with his Shopping Carts series. I highly recommend that you browse his work.


I am struck by the intense cobalt blue as it moves and fades away from the shallows. This picture could suggest a fear of the depths beyond the shore while also suggesting a sense of freedom and calm in the water beyond the shoreline. It’s ultimately up to the viewer and the manner in which they perceive water.

Brian Howell

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Two days until the big day! I’m spending the day with Patrick at Maison Taché taking care of every last details. It’s hot and sweaty in Québec and I wish I could take 4 showers a day!!!

Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 3 is the featured piece today. Anthony Redpath has crafted a text to describe what he sees here. Anthony was my first mentor and gave me my first job in the photography world. I learned the technical side of photography from him, although I will probably never master the use of light the way he has. It is safe to say that I wouldn’t be where I am at today if our paths hadn’t crossed. Once again, thank you Anthony.



With her body of work, “Irrational Fear of Confined Spaces” Melissa Mercier
confronts her obsession with open space, and her absolute disdain for clutter in her life. These sentiments are exemplified in her aesthetic experience and demonstrated in her photographs. The practice of finding the simple subjects she chooses is an escape from managing the clutter of everyday life.

In “Irrational Fear of Confined Spaces 3″, the logs we see preserved under pristine water are more about lines and texture,  colour and space than about cultural comment on logging practices or ecology for example. Mercier transforms her  “Irrational Fears” into something very precise by careful control of these elements.

The resulting works evoke a peaceful state in the viewer. One seems to perceive infinite depth to the images, as we are enabled to escape our current reality for a moment. In dealing with her own anxiety, Mercier is pointing those who view her work to a more calm, meditative state of mind.

Anthony Redpath


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Today is the second day of installation at Maison Taché. Everything went very smoothly yesterday and there’s only a few details to wrap up.

The featured piece today is Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 4 and my absolute favorite artist, Jonny Hetherington (singer/songwriter), has shared some of his beautiful and hypnotic words.



Experiencing Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 4 is like trying to recall a fleeting dream.  It almost seems like what i imagine the journey from earth to an afterlife might be. It’s calming, but there is a finality lurking in these milky waters. This visual near death experience gives way to a near life experience the more I spend time with it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Being Melissa’s husband (and biggest fan), I enjoy a special relationship with her work. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be there for the inception which is a sight to behold,  but nothing is more powerful than standing in front of her framed pieces and soaking up the way she chooses to capture the world and present her vision. I especially love how her home gallery has transformed my every day life into a dream world that sometimes makes reality a challenge to recall.

Jonny Hetherington


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Today is day one of installation here at the Maison Taché exhibition. It doesn’t feel like there’s too much work to do, but I know myself, and one way or another there never seems to be enough time in a day. It’s very exciting to see the space!

The daily featured piece is Irrational Fear Of Confined Spaces 5, My two brilliant and extremely stimulating friends Cathy Grant and Damon Vignale collaborated to write the words below.


Initially, I wasn’t even sure I liked this photograph.  As I described the photograph (and how it made me feel) to Damon, I found myself using words like:  lonely, uncomfortable, afraid, uncertain that anyone could see-hear-feel me but at the same time somewhat hopeful (that lighting!) that I could be seen-heard-felt and, as a consequence, not really so alone.   No. 5 is oddly compelling; I find myself drawn into this photograph again and again.  There is a voice here:

Within the silence of an unspoken word lies the whisper of a voice unheard.

Yeah.  I actually quite like this photograph.  (And, I think you should sub-title it:  A voice unheard…)


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