To immortalize Calgary-based art star and musician Rita McKeough, Megan Morman used the gridded framework of “plastic canvas” needlepoint crafts (a common craft material for children of the 1980s). Morman translates the pixelation of digital photographs into stitches of brightly-coloured yarn and fusible plastic beads.
She has employed computer mapping in the planning and assembly stages of her work since the mid-1990s, breaking source images into gridded components based on colour palette and then constructing the reproduction out of diverse, mass-produced materials including activist ribbons, plastic bugs, sequins, and Lite-Brite pegs.
Curated by Jane Edmundson
Jane Edmundson (BFA, MA, University of Lethbridge) has worked with collections and as a curator since 2006. Her work focuses on museological practices, public spectacle, and shifting institutional boundaries between education and amusement. Her curatorial practice includes projects with the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, DesignInquiry, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Galt Museum & Archives.