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Siege: Quebec City 2001
Siege: New York 2001~
Dark Chocolate
Have and Havenot Bears
Daisy, in her own words
Kathleen Finlay, Painter~
The Ed Thread
The Essential Ed
No lady~
Rock, Deception Island~
Nude with Yellow Pillow
Nude with Stripes
Baghdad Moment
The Self~
Kelly, 1995~
Sufra Jets Beach~
Sugar Baby Bob~
It ain't me: bob
Letter to my love~*
Alec Nicol, 1950-2008~
Voting Booth 08
Silent Sods
your beauty...
Ice + Man + Time
The Game
Destinations in motion

~ = in private collection
* = also part of Arles Series.

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The Siege abstracts are from a September 2001 exhibit, "The Wall - From China to Quebec City, 2001", and were in response to the protests at the Summit of the Americas and the collapse of the World Trade Centre.

The Ed Thread was part of an interactive installation in September 2003, featuring the life of the artist coinciding with that of Ed Mirvish (1914-2007), the owner of Honest Ed's emporium, theatrical entrepreneur and Toronto citizen extraordinaire. The Essential Ed was inspired by a lost photograph taken by the artist in 2005 when he was given a key to the city outside her studio.

Blindness, inspired by the "Dog of Tears" in the book by Jose Saramago, is dedicated to the late Patti Fuhrman, and her dog, Salty. The images of Kathleen Finlay and Alec Nicol are memories of two beautiful artists.

Kelly is dedicated to a local runaway who did not survive the streets. Baghdad Moment is an image of humanity in the face of war, from a photo taken of Marla, a young American who went to Iraq to help local civilians and died with them in a car bomb attack in 2005.

The children in Musickinde were observed on the subway in Berlin.

Two paintings Sugar Baby Bob and It aint me: bob are plays on a photograph taken of bob dylan in 2006 at age 65 for an exhibit titled bob65 in May 2007.

Two photo collages - Broken... and Silent sods - reflect two sad days in Toronto's history during the billion dollar G20 summit in June 2010. In a third, The Game, using three photos taken in Greenland and Iceland in 2013, the game of tic-tac-toe, and a boast made in the Chinese bid for the 2008 Olympics, the artist invites contemplation of our own hubristic role in interpreting 'ecological change' as just another 'game of chance'.

  images © ruth hartman