Tiziana La Melia, Pet Parasite

September 8th - September 29th, 2018

Organized by Xenia Benivolski

Reading and Writing Compulsory Figures

 

Pet parasite is a transrelation of several compulsory figures that this exhibition considers.

 

 

Taking my new cloth scrap test friend pet for a walk in the park.

 

Ohhhh good looking rag beside gypsum pollen.

 

‘Rococo’ or ‘baroque’?

 

I say ‘baroque’ but I think you like the first one better, pet.

 

Baroco in a worm mirror...

 

Do you think the worms are the squirrels’ pets? Pets can have pets, right?

 

Good question. I think the squirrels are the worms’ pets.

 

Can a pet pet a bigger pet pet?

 

A pet pet can pet a bigger pet pet.

 

Will a wet pet (worm) let a dry pet (squirrel) pet its pet’s pet?

 

Yes.

 

Or is it better for a pet to let pet let?

 

You sound stressed. Sending you good pet vibes.

 

I gave myself a mild cold yesterday evening when I got in a panic but I’m feeling much better now. I may just need to get some sorta tonic juice before I venture out today. I am filming the garden at different times of light, so if you go to visit your dad let me know because I might like to go and film some worms and aphids at twilight.

 

This pet misses the other pet’s pets.

 

What about the title “Compulsory Figures/Pet Parasite”? Or do you prefer “Bread Teeth”?

 

That’s a hard one. Both of those titles deserve a chance.

 

So many distractions today, it might be easier to meet tomorrow. I can just tell that my inner dolphin needs pet care.

 

Are we in 2018?

 

Pets don’t care about that kind of stuff.

 

 

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Tiziana La Melia is an artist and writer. She was born in Palermo, raised on an orchard in the Okanagan and currently resides in Vancouver (unceded territories). A book of poetry titled The Eyelash and the Monochrome was recently published with Talonbooks and a new edition of Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect is forthcoming with Blank Cheque Press. Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions of her work include Garden Gossip, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2017-18); The Pigeon Looks for Death in the Space Between the Needle and the Haystack, Unit 17, Vancouver (2018); Broom Emotion, galerie anne barrault, Paris (2017); Johnny Suede, Damien and the Love Guru, Brussels (2017); Cloudcuckooville, soon.tw (2018), Montreal; The Eyelash and The Monochrome, Mercer Union (2014); Neck of Thirsty Flower, Exercise, Vancouver (2012). Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2016-17); Down to Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2016); Enter the Fog, The Rooms, St. Johns (2016); Nature's Way, Cooper Cole, Toronto (2017); Domestic like a Pre-raphaelite brotherhood, Truth and Consequences, Geneva (2017); Stopping the Sun in its Course, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles (2015). Her writing has appeared in Art21, Organism for Poetic Research, C Magazine, The Interjection Calender, and other places.  In 2014, La Melia won the national title for the 16th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

 

 

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