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Odd Jobs revisited

The third installation of a collaborative series with Brandt Eisner was on view during January 2019 at MMFI Gallery at the Marigold Cultural Center in Truro, NS. Brandt and I originally received funding for the series from Arts Nova Scotia in 2014, and the NS Art Bank purchased two works for its collection in 2015. Thanks Brandt, for putting together a great show!

About the work:

Artists’ Statement
The figures of Brandt Eisner and Susan Malmstrom’s collaborative exhibition Odd Jobs labour at their occupations in distorted, hyperreal settings.  For each image, the artists offer their take on what troubling dreams these characters – all of whom are portrayed by Eisner – might experience.  In addition to their own occupational hazards, the characters also face various social and environmental disasters that currently confront waking life in contemporary society. Eisner is known throughout the Halifax region for his whimsical, sometimes over-the-top wearable art, a skill used to produce the characters for each image.  Malmstrom, who edited the work using digital media, has concentrated on photography and installation for 25+ years.  Odd Jobs is the first collaborative effort between the artists, who consider the series a work in progress.

Breaktime (Lumberjack)
Breaktime (Lumberjack)
Contemplating Retirement (Clown)
Contemplating Retirement (Clown)
Pulling Strings (Puppeteer)
Pulling Strings (Puppeteer)
Hunter vs. Hunted (Exterminator)
Hunter vs. Hunted (Exterminator)
Invasive Species (Biologist)
Barbarians at the Gate (Librarian)
Barbarians at the Gate (Librarian)
Weather Alert (Storm Chaser), 2014, Eisner/Malmstrom
Weather Alert (Storm Chaser)
Good News! (Fortune Teller)
Good News! (Fortune Teller), 2014
The Deserted Toyshop: interview

Another of my series, The Deserted Toyshop, was featured in the winter 2016/17 issue of Woven Tale Press, which also features an interview regarding the work.

I am currently working on a book of poetry with my frequent collaborator, poet/writer Wanda Waterman, based on the Toyshop.

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Bottom of the Pool, 2010