Text-Based Work

let’s heal the divide

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let’s heal the divide, multi-colour and white neon maquettes for the 40-foot public art installation at Vancouver Community College, 4′ wide, 2015


What Was Your Name Again?

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What Was Your Name Again?, oil on oak (7.25”x48”), 3-D Styrofoam letters with brushed gold-plated face and fuchsia pink sides (18”x12”x1”), 2002

This piece is comprised of two components in conversation with one another. The first is an oil painting that spells out “What was your name again?” in drab gray tones. The second is a set of 3D letters that glamorously spell “Toni” in brushed gold and fuchsia pink paint. The piece deals with the side effects of ambition.


Top 20

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Top 20, archival inkjet print, 20.5″ x 56.5″, 2008

In an attempt to expose and disrupt patriarchy in the local art world, this piece lists the Top 20 artists in Vancouver*, all of whom are male.

*All artists listed here either live in Vancouver or established their careers in Vancouver.


Red Dot

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Red Dot, laser-cut vinyl on rag paper, mounted on foam core, 48″ x 48″, 2008

Made up of thousands of red dots (11, 098), commonly used in commercial galleries to denote the sale of a work of art, this piece examines the economy of exchange that can sometimes dominate the art world, creating markets that are used to determine levels of “success”.


Homage to Parenthood

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Homage to Parenthood, archival inkjet print, 41″ x 182″, 2008-10

Homage to Parenthood is a large-scale print depicting 100 clichés, idioms and sayings in a rainbow of colours. The piece is inspired by the artist’s recently deceased father, who used several of these lines as a means of creating levity and teaching his children about the world. It is currently installed as a 6 panel public art work at the Brighouse Skytrain Station in Richmond, BC, as part of the 2009-11 Vancouver Biennale. Documentation of the project can be found in the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale Catalogue.


Homage to Wayne

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Homage to Wayne, wool, cotton, thread, doweling, 4×7′, 2014

This text-based piece is the first in a series that follows Homage to Parenthood.  This time, the sayings become much more specific to Latour’s father’s speech. Before he passed away, Wayne Latour would commonly use the phrases switched here. For Toni and her family, Wayne’s voice rings loudly in memories born from reading these sentences. The plaid backdrop is inspired by Wayne’s clothing, including one of the last shirts he ever wore that Toni keeps in memory of him. The language and phraseology is very particular to his race, class, economic standing, education, age, and sense of humour. Toni and her family delight in remembering Wayne say these things. This project is supported by a Production Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.  Local quilter and craftsperson Joan Moore hand switched the letters.


I’ve Never Heard of You

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I’ve Never Heard of You, neon sign, 24″ x 48″, 2008, in the Private Collection of Connie Buna

Inspired by a conversation with a representative from the Canada Council for the Arts, this piece humorously examines Latour’s continuous reflection on art world dynamics and her career as an artist.

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