Author Archives: heartbeatgal

About heartbeatgal

I have not been wasting my time. I have been very busy getting here.

nostalgia for business

nostalgia for business

 

‘nostalgia for business’   oil & collage   9″x12″

 

found rare time for some collage

a complicated colourful little homage to Landsdown

makes me smile about an otherwise unfortunate situation

i cannot possibly condone the goings on of the current developers

it will forever be sacred ground for me

i witnessed Miss Jackson’s (…cause i’m nasty) Rhythm Nation tour august 21, 1990

i also remember fondly sitting shotgun as a little girl while my dad did doughnuts in the large empty snow dusted parking lot some cold ottawa winter night in the ’80s

good times

…now i look forward to the fond memories  i am going to make at ‘whole foods’

heARTbeatgal

 


babes

out of the mouths of…

the first three of an onslaught of responses received from children

what joy!

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this first one either says ‘mom’ or it is a sun with two birds …and a whole bunch of other great stuff!

wmyh 5

my friends KEEP me human

wmyh 7

shoes! of course! yes!

horseshoes don’t count, and while quite possibly useful, those little dog booties i see about town are too undignified to acknowledge

 

my thanks to the kiddies who, without any surprise, find light and positivity

stay tuned…there are many more kids to weigh in

 

heARTbeatgal

 


hi there!

this is actually the very first ‘what makes you human?’ postcard to have arrived some weeks ago

it came close from home

 

wmyh? 1

communication is not reserved for humans alone

 

…miscommunication

leaving a creative mark

recorded history

testing (…abusing perhaps these days) the boundaries of communication

having an opinion

taking a stand

this is human

 

and it all starts with a ‘hi there!’

heARTbeatgal

 


more words

 

two cards mysteriously appeared on my desk in recent days

i feel the angst of civil servitude

(that could just be me)

 

wmyh? 3

 

i like very much that this answer is an equation

symbols. the writing of equations. that feels human

the content of this equation is intriguing

 

wmyh? 4

 

this brings into question for me the emotional intelligence and self-awareness of animals other than humans

we think abstractly. we consume. we hate. we justify. we generate dogma.

that feels quite dark yet an undeniable human cycle

the other traits i feel we share with animals. we have a leg up with humour i suppose, though i once knew a hilarious sarcastic black lab-ish dog

 

i know for certain to soon expect some postcards from children

i am without doubt that children will provide the best answers

i cannot wait!

 

happy spring holiday to all!

 

heARTbeatgal

 


first words

…from abroad

my message in a bottle returned to me

alina tortosa

from beautiful uruguay

maravilloso!!!

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this first message makes the entire project worthwhile

gracias por la conexión Alina Tortosa  usted es el arte

i literally squealed in delight and jumped around in happy circles (at the post office)

 

the postcards are making their way around the world

…uruguay, chile, argentina, uk, alaska  & florida usa, saudi arabia, germany, ireland, my office

consider taking some with you if you are off somewhere fabulous

or if you already are somewhere fabulous send your address (heartbeatgalart@gmail.com) and i will mail you a stack

this is total fun!

 

heARTbeatgal

p.s. the project is gaining momentum having secured participation in this year’s chinatown re-mixed may 17th!!! (more to come on that)

 

 

 


barking mad

i was completely taken with the trees in south america

true, i am easily charmed by trees of any sort

the bark was remarkable!

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heARTbeatgal


los buenos aires

buenos aires comes by its name honestly

a charming, breezy, melange of architecture and trees

covered in graffiti!

it is legal there

woot woot! i had a blast

what should not be legal are the portions of beef they serve. EVERYWHERE!

(tasty though!)

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of particular note was the collection of contemporary latin american art at MALBA

political, vibrant, intriguing, humourous, alive. good stuff.

the antiques in san telmo were another joy

a year could be spent sorting through them. fun.

porteños are a friendly big-city bunch if you engage them a little

black and yellow taxis dot the city like confetti

often, a certain type of argentine gentleman was at the wheel, willing to impart some interesting insight

a toast of fernet branca to my lovely time spent in BA! salud!

muchas gracias argentina!

hasta la próxima!

heARTbeatgal


uruguay natural

i had the very good fortune to spend some time discovering uruguay

i was charmed by its nature

relaxed and friendly

intensely green

with the most handsome livestock

driving the highways felt like an ad for the car i was in

beautiful beaches for days

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my time was gentle and excellent

met some truly amazing people

my many thanks to Pueblo Eden, Punto del Diablo and Colonia

uruguay…until we meet again

heARTbeatgal

p.s. stay tuned for my snaps of Buenos Aires! besos.


what makes you human?

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what makes you human?

have been away. mentally.

i am back with this question for everyone in 2014

what makes you human?

are you able to draw your answer? write it? glue it on? on the front above the question

find one of these cards and use it to answer in whatever way moves you on the front

then drop it in the mail

simple

fun

together it will make an interesting collage

that i will display somehow for nuit blanche ottawa gatineau 2014

i need my collaborators again!!

i will be checking the mail often

off again. this time physically.

talk soon

heARTbeatgal


stuck

it seems the ‘school age’ walking stick is stuck at the border

the stick made it to L’aéroport international Montréal-Trudeau

and made friends with airport staff!!

walking stick in montreal

and where was it off to you wonder?

no where fast!

walking stick lost & found

i am going to put my money on ‘trouble at security’

“what do you mean ? this stick a threat? can you not see the art in action?!?”

this fine airport staff informs me that the stick is laid up in the airport’s lost & found!

i am all at once delighted and distraught

this is the main airport that sets me free on the world

a place i am fond of, filled with memories (…where were you when you heard Michael Jackson was dead? i was at the montreal airport)

AND just imagine all of the amazing other contents of a montreal airport lost & found!

i made a plea for the stick to be set free

it is on a great journey

it is meant to wander

only time and the interest of strangers will tell

my thanks to my collaborators at the airport

you are part of the art

travel well ‘school age’ stick

…try the bus.

heARTbeatgal