Originally drawn and written as a series of online vignettes for the comics publisher Top Shelf Productions, Unspent Love addresses themes such as hope, fear, and human frailty. The project was later produced as a multi-media bookwork with the support of Open Studio’s Nick Novak Scholarship (2010).
This third iteration at YYZ will evolve the project in a series of narrative images, unfolding between November 2010 and October 2011 as part of its YYZUNLIMITED program. The experimental space of the wall allows imaginative storytelling possibilities to develop through layering, time-lapse animation and wheat pasting. Gerard will modify the wallwork on a weekly basis for the duration of the project.
SHANNON GERARD received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degrees from York University in 1996, where she completed her Masters Degree in 2007. In 2008 she received the Visual Arts (Emerging) Grant from the Toronto Arts Council. Gerard has exhibited her work in Canada and the United States including Green Lantern Gallery in Chicago (2009), Open Studio in Toronto (2008), and also took part in the MoCCA Festival in New York City in 2007. Gerard currently teaches courses in print media and nano-publishing at OCAD University.
For more information and to track the project, check out Shannon Gerard’s blog at unspentlove.tumblr.com.