P. Elaine Sharpe, "Telephone", from the "House" series, 2001, c-print.

P. Elaine Sharpe, “Telephone”, from the “House” series, 2001, c-print.

P. Elaine Sharpe

House began quietly, as a souvenir of place, and became an unintentional memento to the year I turned twelve. In the space of that year my mother committed suicide and my brother died unexpectedly. The photographs that comprise House are taken in and around the family home my grandfather built in Newfoundland. This is the place where I spent that last childhood summer, innocent of the grieving to come. I was drawn to sleep in this now deserted house and to retreat to the family cemeteries and potato fields that lay fallow. The large scale photographs are documents of change, wind crushed grass, cloud strewn skies, elemental visions of passage and mourning, the minutiae of the house are lingered over and magnified as if seen by a child.

P. Elaine Sharpe is from Toronto, Canada and earned her MFA from York University. She has had solo exhibitions at Spin Gallery in Toronto, Gallery Vox in Montreal, and Wave Gallery in Toronto. Group show venues include those at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Open Space Galley in Victoria, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto, Fotofeis in Glasgow, and Owens Art Gallery in New Brunswick. This is her first US showing. Sharpe’s photographs have been published in Backflash, Canadian Art, and Toronto Life. Sharpe is also a curator and teaches photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario and at York University.