Screen Shots is a collection of sculptures that all imbue a fashion sensibility. Some of the works were made a few years ago, some are super fresh. “No Romance, 2016”, was part of a site-specific installation, alongside Robert Service Way last fall. That particular work is a reference to the surrealist artist Man Ray’s large-scale paintings of his lover's lips, “The lovers, 1933”.
The shows title, Screen Shots, comes from the process where I became interested in taking screenshots of fashion items that I liked or desired. I started making the screenshots into a system by filtering them through an online cross stitch pattern maker and using beads to function like pixels.
Together as a collection (SS17), I feel the works have a fashionable style to them and bring together similar themes around desire, surfaces, quick/slow, precious and ephemeral.
The artist Alainnah Whachell works within the discourse of sculpture, making forms from materials that are readily available to her. The materials in the work are very much a part of the psychology of the work. She is influenced by a material process, making work to better understand the world she is a part of. Major themes in her work are surfaces, desire, fashion, semiotics, time, and uncertainty.
Alainnah has a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She currently resides in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Exhibition on until July 1st 2017