Sniper was one of the largest text installations I have done. The text was installed in the Vancouver Public Library in September 2006. I had the help of a very talented young designer, Katie Webster, who helped to transform the text from the page to a 12 foot by 12 foot poster.
It was very sad that two weeks before we installed the text, a student walked into Dawson college on Setember 16, 2006 and shot several students. I was a little concerned because Sniper talks about the random violence, and compares this Dawson like violence to war and also violence against women.
Sniper looks at how the media reports tragedies, how it assigns blame (or not) to the victims of violence.
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Searching was installed in a storefront around 2000. The store used lots of mannequins so I hung a series of signs around their necks. The signs, like the one above, were all about searching for, finding and losing love.
Criteria For Determining a Street Youth:
There are exactly nine ways of determining if a child is a Street Youth
- youth must have used one social service facility
- they must have left school before completing grade twelve
- they must live away from their family or guardian at least 2 days in the last year
- they must have run away or been thrown out of their home at least once
- they must have been homeless at least once
- they must be 24 or under
- they must consider themselves to be homeless
- they must have committed more than one crime without being arrested
- they must meet three or more of the above criteria
The Contents of Leona’s Dufflebag Upon Moving to a Major Metropolitan Centre:
- one pair of faded army pants
- one pair of faded button up jeans
- several band t-shirts
- seven faded and well worn bikini underpants (one for each day of the week)
- three pairs of fishnet stockings, one green and two black
- eight pairs of black socks
- two mini-skirts, one black lycra and one fake-skin
- one black diary for the year, 1988
- one pair of red high heels
- three wallets, one containing all of Leona’s identification, the others containing all her mother’s and step-father’s identification and credit cards plus 300 dollars.