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Counting Cars #5 Installation

Susan Campbell Sheridan


Installation, 3D Sculpting on Wood

Size: 36 W x 26 H x 1.5 D in

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About The Artwork

In Counting Cars, Campbell notes the seeming illogic or arbitrariness of how we navigate urban/suburban space, particularly in vehicles. This framed sculptural work is the physical result of Campbell’s data mapping activities. She chooses parking lots, finds a vantage point from which to observe vehicular activity, and starts drawing the paths of cars into, around and out of the spaces over a set period of time. These hand-drawn maps are then scanned into image editing software and individual paths are moved, turned and joined together (but never stretched or cut) to create the tangled final result, which is then rendered in medium density fibreboard. Through this labour intensive process, Campbell calls attention to the complex prescribed rules that apply to our use of public space, which we have come to view as innate. Of particular interest to her are clearance zones – areas delineated by orange or yellow paint and filled in with diagonal lines, which appear almost haphazardly on asphalt surfaces. Campbell has come to view these almost as design elements in the “text” of cities, and they function this way in her work.

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Installation:3D Sculpting on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:36 W x 26 H x 1.5 D in

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Susan Campbell Sheridan is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of lens-based media, sculpture installation, and intervention. She obtained an MFA in Art, Media and Design from OCADU after extensive studies in design and digital media in Ireland. Campbell Sheridan investigates signs and patterns of urban intensification as played out on development sites, parking lots, and public sidewalks. Her work frequently explores physical mapping practices as a means to interpret and reflect on the liminality found within urban landscapes and confronts issues brought about by the intensification of urban development. Her work prompts viewers to question the economic frameworks which shape their built environment, and particularly how such frameworks drive spatial and social segregation. Campbell Sheridan has most recently exhibited at the Foundry Arts Centre in St. Charles, Missouri, the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, and 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects on the Bonavista Peninsula. She has received grants from Canada Council of the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Current projects include map-making activities with the Port Hope community through the Critical Mass Artist-in-Residence program, which is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s, NL.

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