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Social and Psychological Consciousness: Art by Wynne Palmer

Drift, single-channel video shot with HTC One cell phone


Wynne Palmer is a Vancouver-based multimedia artist whose work spans topics of social and psychological consciousness. Working in video, photography, installation and media, Wynne explores the convergence of natural and technological subjects.


An installation view of a video project by <strong><strong>Wynne</strong> <strong>Palmer</strong></strong>Murder of Crows (installation view), single channel video with audio (manipulated in post production), shot with a Canon S120


I enjoy the way that Wynne often uses her artwork to combine two seemingly separated topics. In a recent video project, for example, the artist compares the often harsh, complaint-like calls of crows to the complaints about cost of living that she hears every day in Vancouver. A slightly distorted video of a murder of crows protecting a tree habitat from an invading seagull draws parallels to human nature, both humorous and disconcerting.


A screen capture of <strong><strong>Wynne</strong> <strong>Palmer</strong></strong>'s art websitewww.wynnepalmer.net


Wynne also combines nature, identity and technology in a more literal sense, for example in her Phantom Limbs installation. This work adds theatrical, futuristic strings of led light to natural formations of trees and rocks, highlighting detached tree branches and questioning nature’s ability to communicate. 


An installation view of an outdoor light piece attached to tree stumpsPhantom Limbs (installation view) Galvinized wire mesh various sizes, 1 x 2m/33ft El Wire + 9v 'Strong' Driver, 3 x 2m/16ft. El Wire + 3v Drivers, 9v and AA batteries, 20 gauge wire, LED lights w/gel

Identity and Technology: Artworks by Wynne Palmer

An installation view of fingerprint made of luminous cable attached to a tree trunkLight Pulse, Galvanized wire mesh, EL wire, "strong" driver, twist ties, duct and electrical tape

Our featured artist today is Wynne Palmer! Wynne’s work uses varied mediums that often come in the form of installations with audio-visual, electronic, and digital components. Many of Wynne’s works focus on senses of identity and technology within a collective consciousness.


A photograph of sea anemones underwater.Polyp, photograph

The front page of <strong><strong>Wynne</strong> <strong>Palmer</strong></strong>'s art websitewww.wynnepalmer.net

I can see a thread of interest in WWII and pre-WWII life in a few of Wynne’s works, one which explores the “Keep on and Carry on” propaganda message and the way it has been diluted and distorted through modern uses – and another which explores the use of spy code in the same era. I really like these explorations of different means of communication in a necessarily mistrustful society.


On her portfolio website, Wynne also looks at abstract photography and digital work, which comes as no surprise considering the artist holds two BFA’s – one in graphic design and photography and one in visual art. Wynne is currently an artist in residence with the Vancouver Parks Board in Vancouver, BC. 


An installation view of many iterations of the "Keep Calm, Carry On" sloganObfuscate, digital output to high gloss paper, aluminum clipboards, flashlights

Pop Art Show Based On The Films Of David Lynch

Blue Velvet poster design
I've been noticing a trend of themed pop - art shows that are fun and a great way for artists to get exposure to big crowds. Here's a show that took place March 2014 in San Fransisco's Spoke Art Gallery and features art based on David Lynch films. The work above was created by Shaun Lynch based on the imagery in the film Blue Velvet.

drawing of character from Twin Peaks


David Lynch has a massive fan-base and so this show was a smart way to get film lovers out and into the gallery and engage a wide audience in general. I can't imagine a better purchase or gift for a Twin Peaks mega-fan than this small piece for $1,200.oo by Jason D'Aquino. He uses an unusual substrate in the piece above - an actual Match book measuirng 4" x 1.5" - whoa! Tiny! It depicts the character Laura Palmer who is the center of the story in Twin Peaks, though she is dead by the time the story takes place. I thought it was clever to have the text "The Old Mill" on the matchbook since the wood mill is an important place in the strange world that is Twin Peaks.


 "Spoke Art is proud to announce our first ever David Lynch- inspired art exhibition, In Dreams. The show features a dynamic range of artwork influenced by the prolific and innovative films of director David Lynch. Comprised of over 50 artists from around the globe, each of the exhibited works evoke the emotional complexities and stylistic ventures of Lynch’s work through a variety of mediums, such as painting, sculptures and limited edition fine art prints. Often defying the conventions of filmmaking, the films of David Lynch feature all-too-familiar worlds that, beneath their vibrant exteriors, guard unthinkable secrets. From the desolate and disturbing darkness of Eraserhead (1977) to the unspoken evils of a small town in the cult classic TV series Twin Peaks (1990), In Dreams presents a closer look into the unsettling, yet hypnotizing realm of Lynch’s cinematic repertoire." - spoke-art.com


Poster design for Mulholland DriveMatt Chase designed this stunning screen print as tribute to the film Mulholland Drive in which a woman becomes an amnesiac after surviving a car wreck. I love the use of the car key/road as it recalls many night driving scenes from Lynch's epic films. 


Have you ever been inspired by a film ? You may want to consider showing your work in a themed exhibition such as this - or better yet host a film-inspired exhibition with some of your art pals! 

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Techniques from Science and Medicine: Art by Angela Palmer

A sculpture of a racing helmet made in glassSusie Wolff: Portrait of a Racing Driver, crystal glass


Palmer is an English artist who produces sculptural and installation artworks in glass and other materials. In recent works, the artist has utilized techniques from science and medicine, such as MRI scans to build a layered self portrait. 

A work made from a series of layers of drawing etched into glassHeart of Glass


I like the aesthetic that Palmer’s recent glass works take on -- these pieces seem to combine aesthetics from fine glass sculpture (like that produced by Dan Cummings) and from drawing. In pieces like Heart of Glass, thin panels of glass, each etched with a sort of contour drawing representing a scan, are placed in a row, forming layers and lending the whole piece a three-dimensional schematic look. 


The artist has also produced self portraits using the same technique, though the notion of “portrait” here is a bit unconventional. The artist draws on imagery from MRI scans of her own brain, etching the same contour line imagery into glass and creating an image of herself that is at once strangely intimate and scientifically distanced.

A portrait of the brain of artist Angela <strong>Palmer</strong>Brain of the artist, Angela Palmer, hand engraving on glass

Intersectional Elements: The Art Portfolio of Wynne Palmer

A photo of a wooded pathUntitled

Wynne Palmer is an interdisciplinary and media artist located in Vancouver, BC. The artist works in a wide variety of media, but tends to incorporate intersectional elements of technology and nature into many of her pieces.

A distorted digital image of Elvis Prestleyelvis has left the building 1.0


In our previous feature of Wynne’s works, we looked at the way the artist uses her varied electronic and film-based media to delve into social and psychological consciousness. There’s a cohesive sense to Wynne’s entire portfolio, despite the artist’s tendency to use a variety of seemingly disparate media.

A screen capture of <strong><strong>Wynne</strong> <strong>Palmer</strong></strong>'s art portfolio websitewww.wynnepalmer.net


I also really enjoy Wynne’s photographic works. In the context of her overall portfolio, these quiet works, sometimes made in black and white, read like explorations, research, and background information that could conceivably form a groundwork for a performance, installation, or film. The photos themselves are clean and often saturated, focusing in on single settings and elements, similar to the photography of Jane Southey.

A black and white photograph of some old treesUntitled

Ephemeral and Temporal Art by Wynne Palmer

A digitally manipulated photo of four frames of a person's facefury

Wynne Palmer is a Vancouver-based multimedia and performance artist, dealing in works that are often ephemeral and temporal in nature. Wynne explores liminal spaces and fleeting experiences, sometimes conjuring works that require some participation on the audience’s part in order to be fully perceived. 


ontario & kent ave. s.


I like the works that Wynne has created in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a different approach for these works, and in ontario & kent ave. s., Wynne has produced a work that is, in effect, a collaboration with the organizers of 19 Waltzes for the Distanced,  an asynchronous, participatory piece originally by John Cage and presented by the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. Wynne’s piece combines the aesthetics of infrared and panoramic photography with audio taken from the location, producing an effect that invokes a dreamlike recollection of a particular time and place, and the disconnect from “places” that the pandemic has produced. 


In oz factor | fashion or weapon, Wynne presents a series of kaleidoscopic views of her own face, obscured with a mask, dark glasses, and layers of photographic imagery. These pieces speak to a sense of unfamiliarity, calling to mind headwear and photo filters designed to foil facial-recognition technology.

An up-close portrait of a heavily disguised facePatty