Create three-dimensional personal shrines using a variety of materials including found objects,
hardware, wood, paper, photographs, metal and paint. In this one-day workshop, emphasis will be
on individual expression and an exploration of materials and processes. Popular iconography and
the work of artists who have used the icon as a medium of expression will also be discussed.
It will help you get the most out of this workshop if you can start collecting stuff which you will use
to construct your shrine. Think about what you want to deify and the items that would make this
possible. For instance, if you want to build your piece around some person, thing or event that is
special to you, consider the symbolic nature of whatever you collect and how that will heighten the
effect you want to present. Use your imagination to collect what you want to put into your work.
About the Instructor
Since the early 1980s, Bill Blair has been creating photomontage images which play off themes of Canadiana and Mexicana, exploring ideas of 20th-century romantic travel ideals, souvenir culture and identity in North America. His artistic practice also encompasses mixed-media assemblages and wall shrines – described by The Vancouver Sun as “dashboard art” – incorporating found objects and vintage guitars. Commissions include permanent works for Chef Rick Bayless’s Xoco restaurant in Chicago, and for the Grammy Award-winning Mexican singer, Lila Downs. His work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally. He currently lives in Penticton.