+15 WINDOW EXHIBITION
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER, 1998
RECEPTION: THURSDAY,AUGUST 13, 1998 AT 8 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
My work has always been heavily influenced by popular culture. By using recognizable images, I have captured an audience for my work. I am very interested in exploring my childhood memories and to hear other peoples recollections of the past.
My choices of subject matter have been anything from cartoon characters on Saturday morning cartoons, to candy packaging, to advertising, to celebrities. I always use bright vibrant colours to represent the images best, as well as utilizing their ability to attract the audience.
My most recent work is a comic book accompanied by a shaped tapestry. Lil Puddin is a cartoon character I developed for myself. It is my most personal work to date. I have created the pop image instead of borrowing it. My influences are still the same, but this time I have used myself as the subject. My work doesn’t make a judgmental comment on my environment, rather I am interested in showing the audience imagery and ideas that interest me and let them draw their own conclusions.
-Jolie Bird, 1998