Growing up in a family with strong political and social values I was surrounded by art and handmade objects from an early age, My father, was a great influence in my early years and I have always had an interest in construction, and industry. Family vacations inevitably included tours of car manufacturing plants, pulp and paper mills, match factories, greenhouses, welding companies, and furniture finishers.
I have lived for thirty years in the shadow of a now disused malting factory located along the central waterfront in Toronto. In the early years I loved the distant sound of the compressors and the sweet/sour malty smell drifting through my open windows on a hot summer's night. Now considered an eyesore by many, I delight in the interplay of light and shadow on its scarred surface. A majestic retired fortress of food it is the catalyst for this project.