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Toronto Street Art
I photo document the murals and graffiti that inspire me around Toronto.
Contemplative Consiousness Explorations
This is a Vacuum for sucking up Negativity. Focus groups confirm it's efficacy!
The soft cuddly qualities of this healing monster/machine make it ideal for helping people feel a little happier!
This is a response to the current state of the US government, and all of the hatred Donald Trump is spreading!
I was working on my physical Negativity Vacuum and thinking where would it live, where is the most negativity it could feed off of, which brought me to the White House. But the amount of negativity there would probably cause my Negativity Vacuum to explode and so I made this Hatred Vacuum for the US. Yes, that is Tumps caterpillar hair clinging to the flagpole of the White House.
The vacuum is a photo I took of the elementary school vacuum cleaner at our kids school.
Fun in the studio experimenting!
Explorations of Sleep and Deaming
C Print on Aluminum 48"x48"
The core of my work centres around light, depth and connection both physically and metaphorically. I regard these concepts to be my media. I am constantly trying to heal people and systems that are sick or broken and this call for pieces on Climate Change seemed the perfect opportunity to connect with the spirit of the bear I had been harbouring for ten years.
This piece, for me, began germinating when my Grandfather on his deathbed left me the polar bear rug. He had been a pilot in World War II and after the war had ended, began mapping the north of Canada. He had acquired the rug from a trading post. I had always thought it disrespectful to walk on such a majestic animal and vowed to help it's voice be heard.
As our world warms, Polar Bears as we know them will become extinct. As their habitat melts eco-migration is already affecting them. The world is warming as a direct result of greenhouse gasses that are negligently increasing from consumerism and gluttony. The excessive production and consumption of beef is a leading cause of this warming, methane emissions from cows are a major source of greenhouse gasses and are quadrupled from the antibiotics they are fed. Our demand for oil is still too large. We are pushing greenhouse gasses to a level that is tripping the go switch for many bio-geo-chemical and geo-physical feedbacks of global warming which are affecting the climate toward detrimental ends.
The world is a living breathing organism and some climate change is natural. What we continue to do to this planet it to make it sick. This piece is meant to help us visualize our global impact, to inspire us to stop being a plague on the earth and live symbiotically with nature, to not buy in to the consumer culture that has flourished on this plant with the egomaniacal behaviour of most humans.
The image itself is created from photography of the bear digitally combined with images from Nasa and Google images, including lungs and heart that subtly show through the planet’s surface, and disgruntled cows floating in space. If you look at it long enough you may also see the sick face of mother earth.
The Sierra Club Exhibition at the Rebecca Gallery Toronto
Explorations in visual trickery.
Inspired both by my husbands quest to find alternative therapies after being exploited and abused by Big Pharma following a severe spinal injury, and by my friends and family who have battled cancer.
This series follows a hypothetical study out of a Neurological Lab in rural France in the 60's as the origin of the placebo studies which show that visual reinforcement can enhance the positive effects of medical cannabis.
The studies expand into visual reinforcements of all kinds.
This is a continuing study.
All rights reserved Wendy S. Whaley July 2015
I would like to acknowledge that the land on which these photos were taken is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, territory of the Squamish Nation.