Inspired by the advent of the "sharing economy" and the quest for a more authentic "stay experience" (i.e. trying to live like a local), the paintings in Parallel Play consider a balance between access and ownership. I based these paintings on a photo-shoot that I staged in a modern beachfront rental property, and I also made visits to document land for sale on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
In the field of childhood development, the phrase “parallel play” describes toddlers' tendency to play side by side without trying to influence one another’s behaviour. Likewise, I hope these paintings give space to the adjacent experiences of guests and hosts, viewer and viewed. Among the wall-to-wall windows and sliding doors, tenants and proprietors frame the view of the landscape outside, while small, discrete studies of "vacant" land consistently punctuate the space in-between.